Jean Marion Old is the August Resident of the Month at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home.
She was born to Glenn and Nellie Carr in Lenawee County, Mich., near Metamora. After attending a country school, she graduated from Metamora High School.
There were nine children in the family, and they grew up in the country during the Depression. Her mother always raised a big garden and canned everything she could.
Her dad raised their own beef and pork; she remembers them cutting up the meat on their kitchen table. The beef was canned and the pork was smoked and left hanging in the smokehouse until they needed it.
Jean met Bill Donahue at church, and they married three months following their graduation. They rented a house in Metamora for $10 a month.
Six months later, Bill joined the Army and was stationed in the states for three months, then three months in Africa, and the remainder of his three years in Europe. He was in Master Corps and was a bread baker during World War II.
In 1945, Bill returned home. Soon after, he bought a house and a gas station in Metamora. They raised four daughters, Sue Ann, Sandra (now deceased), Sally, and Sherry.
After the girls were married and gone, Bill became fire chief for the Metamora Fire Department.
He worked very hard during the Blizzard of 1978, helping to clear snow and helping people.
Very soon after the blizzard, Bill was called out to a house fire. While at the scene, he suffered a massive heart attack and died.
Six years later, she double dated with her pastor, pastor’s wife, and Bud Old, a recent retiree. Eight months later, she and Bud were married.
They traveled in Jean’s camper and crisscrossed the United States, visiting every state.
Jean has always enjoyed cooking, baking and bird watching. She still enjoys counted crossstitching, reading and watching her favorite television programs.
Jean has nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.