“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.
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.”