Why We Moved to Kendal: The Story of Carol Davis and Christie Vargo

By Resident Reed Browning

Carol Davis and Christie Vargo recently moved from Galena, Ohio, into their new home on Founders Lane. In searching for senior communities that might suit them, they had found Kendal’s principled commitment to diversity and civility attractive, and they were pointed specifically to Kendal at Granville by their friendship with Lyn and Keith Boone. They found their final decision easy to make after meetings with the marketing staff and residents.

Trail-400wChristie was born in Iowa and has lived across the Midwest. She has a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and a master’s in Public Administration. With this background she was drawn to opportunities that involved educating the public about environmental matters, with an emphasis upon the importance of grounding environmental conclusions in empirical science. She also organized and led fundraising activities on behalf of such organizations. Most recently she has worked with the Grange Insurance Audubon Center in Columbus, an organization that is a voice for environmental causes and that promotes environmental education.

Carol, who was born in Youngstown and raised her family in northeastern Ohio, is a lifetime Buckeye. She has three children, four grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. She became involved with the Girl Scouts when the children were young, and after they were out of the home she joined the professional staff of the Girl Scouts, becoming in due time an officer of the organization. She and Christie have been in a relationship for 35 years, and Carol’s children and grandchildren embrace Christie as a member of the family.

Carol and Christie enjoy travel, especially by car, and they speak with fondness of trips to Kelley’s Island and the Grand Canyon. They also enjoy biking, hiking and, more generally, the outdoors. Carol is a gardener; Christie, a nature photographer with a fondness for wildflowers. With these interests they look forward to exploring the Kendal campus — with its woods, pond, and mound — as soon as the weather allows and the blossoming invites. Since a golden retriever and a cat have accompanied them to Kendal, I’m guessing that Kendal’s welcoming mat for pets also played a role in drawing them to Granville.

Not long after their arrival at Kendal, Carol required a brief hospitalization. It was during that difficult moment that they learned about Kendal’s readiness to offer help to neighbors. An outgoing duo, they have already made many friends. Perhaps these experiences explain why, with startling simultaneity, they both replied to my inquiry about how things were going with a hearty “We’re glad we’re here.” When you see Carol and Christie, be sure to say hi. They will be making their mark as valuable contributors to the life, joy, and vitality of the Kendal at Granville community.

Christie Vargo’s PS

As a special postscript for the blog, I wanted to add to Reed’s great summary about our decision-making process in choosing Kendal. He hit it right on target in identifying Kendal’s commitment to diversity and civility. These were both major drivers indeed, as were the lifelong learning emphasis and connection with Denison. Kendal’s environmental focus and commitment to maintaining natural areas on the property were significant to us. The beautiful village of Granville was certainly a plus as well. We were very familiar with Kendal at Oberlin and its founders, and its reputation and integrity were well known in the community. So we knew of and had the highest regard for Kendal communities overall.

3-seasons-room-850wMost importantly, Carol and I determined we needed a continuing care community long before we even knew there was a Kendal at Granville. With 16 years between us (Carol is 82 and I am 66), we wanted a place where we could both be on the same campus should either of us need assisted living or skilled nursing care.

Our choice of geography was important, too. We have called central Ohio home for nearly 15 years now and love it here. KAG’s welcome assurance that we would know acceptance and inclusion played a significant factor. Important to us were that sense of place and community, as well as the offering of opportunities where we can continue to grow and give back.

Three months in now, our high expectations have been more than met. We are indeed glad to be here!



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