Phyllis Parish is 95 years old and goes by Betty. She moved in on November 1st, and we’re thrilled she is here. Betty grew up in LaGrande, Oregon. She was raised on a dairy farm, and she loved to fish in the nearby creek. She was an outdoor girl all her childhood and loved to be surrounded by nature.
Betty fell in love in high school and married her sweetheart, Buzzy. They were married for 74 years. She graduated college with a BA in English in Oregon. Together, she and Buzzy raised four children, all boys, and the boys all helped her husband with his business. Betty has a trained voice, and she was a soloist for church, choirs, and high school plays, mostly musicals. She also loved to play tennis and was quite good at it. She was a big swimmer, and she also loved to spend time with her family and entertain. These days, Betty loves playing volleyball. She has great coordination and reflexes!
In her later years, Betty enjoyed going south with her husband. They were the most "in love" couple and were always holding hands. Betty likes the family atmosphere here at Fieldstone, and she and her family love the interaction of the staff with residents. Her son Ted shared how he feels good knowing his mom has a place where she can feel at peace. He said one evening he came to visit and most everyone was in bed already, but he found his mom sitting in a soft chair watching a Gonzaga basketball game on TV. She was smiling and happy, and he rejoiced knowing there are still things she enjoys. That is what our communities are all about—providing opportunities for enjoyment for our residents.
Betty is a calming and smiling peaceful friend to have around, and she is such an important part of our community. Thank you for being a part of our joyful and vibrant community, Betty!