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MHRC Featured Resident – JoAnn Allman

“The Times of My Life”   MHRC Featured Resident – JoAnn Allman

The moment you step into JoAnn Allman’s suite at Mars Hill Retirement Community you feel the warmth of your childhood.  JoAnn meets you with a warm smile and a cup of hot cocoa. As you look around the living room you realize that she has some very rare antiques As well as an antique doll collection that would make any little girl’s heart skip a beat
JoAnn was born in Marion, NC. After her graduation from Glenwood High School, she and a couple of girlfriends decided to attend Cosmetology School in Asheville. Joann graduated and went to the salon at Belk’s and then at Stella’s Salon.  She met and married her husband Robert during this time and designed a salon into the blueprint of their new home, this worked well as Joann could balance the care of her two children and her business at the same time.
When Robert became ill JoAnn was forced to work for Ingles to meet the family
obligations and she found she enjoyed being with the company. She retired after seven-teen years at the age of 50 and began taking classes at Asheville Buncombe Technical
college in landscaping, interior design, and sewing. After Robert’s death and the children grown,  JoAnn wanted to accomplish something meaningful she to preserve a track of land she owned, and decided to design and build a subdivision. Working diligently with every aspect of implementing her plan and seeing it through to completion.
Now having four grandchildren and her health continuing to decline, the children were to busy to stop by. She did not realize that the depression was what can cripple you; until the day came that she made the decision to sell the house, pack up her favorite antique furniture, art pieces, and dolls, and moved to Mars Hill Retirement Community.
Within a few of months Joann began to get stronger and needing less medication to make her feel well. She even started getting out more and driving again. She began quilting and making Amish dolls for her family and in 2008 flew off  to Hawaii in search of fabric and  a vacation with absolutely no medication at all!  JoAnn states, “ I could not have made the trip a year ago.” “I am so blessed to be at Mars Hill Retirement Community and I love the entire staff.” “I did not realize how much depression could take away all your energy.” “I could not have made it much longer living on my own.” “ Now I’m driving and traveling again and my life has meaning.”



JoAnn Allman

JoAnn Allman


The moment you step into JoAnn Allman’s suite at Mars Hill Retirement Community you feel the warmth of your childhood.  JoAnn meets you with a warm smile and a cup of hot cocoa. As you look around the living room you realize that she has some very rare antiques As well as an antique doll collection that would make any little girl’s heart skip a beat


JoAnn was born in Marion, NC. After her graduation from Glenwood High School, she and a couple of girlfriends decided to attend Cosmetology School in Asheville. Joann graduated and went to the salon at Belk’s and then at Stella’s Salon.  She met and married her husband Robert during this time and designed a salon into the blueprint of their new home, this worked well as Joann could balance the care of her two children and her business at the same time.




When Robert became ill JoAnn was forced to work for Ingles to meet the family obligations and she found she enjoyed being with the company. She retired after seventeen years at the age of 50 and began taking classes at Asheville Buncombe Technical College in landscaping, interior design, and sewing. After Robert’s death and the children grown,  JoAnn wanted to accomplish something meaningful she to preserve a track of land she owned, and decided to design and build a subdivision. Working diligently with every aspect of implementing her plan and seeing it through to completion.

Now having four grandchildren and her health continuing to decline, the children were to busy to stop by. She did not realize that the depression was what can cripple you; until the day came that she made the decision to sell the house, pack up her favorite antique furniture, art pieces, and dolls, and moved to Mars Hill Retirement Community.



JoAnn perfecting her craft

JoAnn perfecting her craft

Within a few of months Joann began to get stronger and needing less medication to make her feel well. She even started getting out more and driving again. She began quilting and making Amish dolls for her family and in 2008 flew off  to Hawaii in search of fabric and  a vacation with absolutely no medication at all!  JoAnn states, “ I could not have made the trip a year ago.” “I am so blessed to be at Mars Hill Retirement Community and I love the entire staff.” “I did not realize how much depression could take away all your energy.” “I could not have made it much longer living on my own.” “ Now I’m driving and traveling again and my life has meaning.”




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