Resident Profiles by Marianne Torres
Meet Kay and Mikel Stevenson Kay and Mikel Stevenson’s journey that found them here at Rockwood Lane last summer has been an interesting one, following separate paths until they came together here in Spokane 24 years ago. Kay’s started in Wisconsin, though she lived primarily in San Diego, where she married her first husband. Raising her four daughters after their divorce, Kay knew she had to find a reliable way to support her children, so she returned to school as a young mother, obtained her degree as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, and later, when they were grown, returned to earn her license as a Registered Nurse. Kay worked as an R.N. in a variety of fields, but primarily as a psych nurse. She worked with children and adults with acute psychiatric issues in San Diego, Coeur d’Alene and Spokane. In an interesting turn of events, long before she met Mikel, Kay became good friends with Dorothy, a woman in San Diego who would become step mother to … you guessed it….Mikel Stevenson. He was in training with the Marines in San Diego when he and Kay met at dinner at Dorothy’s house. Ten years after discharge from the Marines, Mikel was back in San Diego, where they became better acquainted. Mikel started his life in Chewelah, WA, but while an infant his family moved to Spokane Valley where he lived until joining the Marines at 18. He served for three years, 13 months of that time in Vietnam. That time in Vietnam was formative for him, he said, putting him on the road to both a ministry of 13 years (three of them in Mexico) and to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the Veteran’s Administration, where he worked for 16 years. Before the ministry, Mikel farmed in the Post Falls area. Kay said her most satisfying achievement was raising her girls, frequently alone, and having returned to school during that time. Mikel’s greatest achievement, he said, was marrying his best friend. They have 12 grandchildren now and 10 great grandchildren. Two daughters and one granddaughter are here in Spokane and the other two are in Arizona and California. They’ve had an interesting and active life together, with their work lives, their faith and related journey, and the traveling, camping and hiking they love to do. They are active in social issues and support human and civil rights. Mikel belongs to Veterans for Peace and they both volunteer at Union Gospel Mission. A month after they moved in, they took their longest trip, driving 15,000 miles around the States in three months. The trip included Prince Edward Island in Canada, where they found his great-great-great grandparents’ gravesite and met a third-cousin. A stop in Kenosha found Kay’s first home, and they met Kay’s niece and nephew she did not know she had until recently! While in PEI, genealogical research found they each have a “Linkletter” in their distant ancestry.
UR TO JULY’S HISTORICAL TO THE “SNAKE PIT” D N A ” N O SI IS M LD “O
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When they were ready to downsize, they chose Rockwood Lane, having friends who were already here. They are very sociable people and have made many friends here.
Welcome to Rockwood Lane, Kay and Mikel!
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Standing on the steps outside of the church. A stunning landmark!
A BIT OF
A hungry bunch ch Standing by the bell owing down structure used to ring s on a good tasting hom emade ng rni wa es, tim ss for ma meal at the Snake Pit. and celebrations.
Birthday Pa rty Wednesday September 20th 2:00 pm Lounge Are “The Weddle a Twins”
2:00 pm Family Room
ber Septem ie v o M
14 SEPTEMBER 10 CONNIE FINCH SEPTEMBER 11 PAT CRAWFORD PEGGY SPEELMON SEPTEMBER 12 CAROL BOSCH SEPTEMBER 14 GINGER CLARK SEPTEMBER 22 MICHAEL POULIN SEPTEMBER 24 ED SIMENSON SEPTEMBER 30 MAUREEN JAUGER
THIS MONTH’S OUTINGS
4:00 pm Family Room
2:00 am Family Room
6:30 pm Lounge Area
Friday, September 1 Wear Your School Colors Day
Sharing Review of History Readings
BILL MILLER AND MICHAEL’S BIRTHDAY
7:00 pm Lounge Area
nd Music a Treats
7:00 pm Family Room
Friday, September 8 Fragrance Day
Make sure to check the bulletin board for an associated activity on this day.
Friday, September 16 Green Day
Wear green, eat green, plant green…just do anything green. Make sure to check the bulletin board for an associated activity on this day.
Friday, September 22 Ice Cream Day
: r Series Speake e g th “Cyclin d” an L ly o H
Friday, September 8 Wednesday, September 13 Monday, September 18 Tuesday, September 19 Friday, September 22 Monday, September 25 Wednesday, September 27 Friday, September 29
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 11:30 AM
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 10:30 AM
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 11:30 AM
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 10:30 AM
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 11:30 AM
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 10:30 AM
A “surprise” outing will be the activity for this day. If interested make sure to sign up on the bulletin board flyer.
11:30 am 1:00 pm 8:30 am 3:30 pm 10:30 am 11:00 am 10:30 am 10:30 am
If you come to the party Friday night at 7:00 pm ice cream cones will be served.
Friday, September 29 Fall Foliage Day
Fridays will be theme days for the rest of the year as the days get shorter.
This can be for your high school or college attended.
BOOK CLUB MEETING
Down River Grill Lunch Outing Green Bluff Dessert Outing Cracker Barrel Breakfast Outing Senior Day at Fairwood Farmers’ Market My Favorite Things & Goodwill Shopping Outing in Post Falls R.O.M.E.O. Lunch Outing Genealogy Research Outing Surprise Fall Foliage Outing
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 11:30 AM
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 10:30 AM To sign up or for more information, call Linda 838-3200, ext. 205
SEPTEMBER 4TH FOR LABOR DAY