Shenandoah Terrace Newsletter September and October 2019


Charles Long recently turned 100-years-old. He has the birthday cards to prove it! Although in his young years he worked in Washington D.C in the government service office, he has enjoyed the luxury of sitting in his chair and watching the news. But his biggest hobby now is taking naps! Charles gets up in the morning, eats breakfast and then takes a nap. He gets up for lunch then takes a nap. He gets up for dinner and then goes to bed. He could win an award for how many hours he sleeps a day! Charles lives at Shenandoah Terrace with his wife, Vera, who he married when he was 26-years-old. He fought in World War II in the Army and lived in London for awhile. When he met Vera, he asked her to dance with him and that was the moment he knew she would be his wife.

He said he has many favorite things about Vera, but those are secrets he will never reveal. Vera celebrated Charles’ 100th birthday on May 8 along with their daughter, Cynthia Adams, who lives here in New Market. She visits them every single week. But that’s not their only child. They have three other kids- who aren’t really kids anymore. Charles and Vera have a daughter, Virginia, who lives in Florida. They have a son named Malcolm who lives in West Virginia and another son named Derek, who lives in New Hampshire. He also has five grandkids! Charles said being 100-years-old is like being 99 plus one year, and when he grows up he wants to be a railway engineer! You never know, his dream could come true!


We have been fortunate that we have had numerous community organizations reach out to us and have provided kindness and support through their thoughtful gifts We would like to take this opportunity to thank the FOE, New Market and the Light House Project at BB&T for their gifts during the month of May. The Lighthouse Freewill Baptist Church in Maurertown has recently given us a beautiful “In Memory Of” plaque to honor our residents. We thank you for your kind gift.

JMU Intern Program

In January we partnered with the James Madison University Department of Social Work at both Shenandoah Terrace and Shenandoah Place. Through this internship Nicole Iriarte was placed with us for her final semester at JMU. Nicole made lasting impressions throughout her time with us and will be missed by everyone. Nicole graduated from JMU in May and will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall in the master’s program. We wish her much success.

Nicole Iriarte Biography

My name is Nicole Amanda Iriarte and I was born in Fairfax, Virginia on August 4, 1997. I have lived in the same house my whole life and loved growing up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. It is a really busy area, but that became the norm and I quickly learned to love the hustle and bustle of my county. Almost every summer since I was born, I have visited my family in La Paz and Cochabamba, Bolivia. These experiences were truly the highlight of my childhood because they enabled me to spend time with my family and take in an environment that was completely distinct from my own. Despite its captivating charm, it was difficult to overlook the distinct poverty and malnutrition that afflicts the country and undoubtedly shaped my professional career. It forged my perception of the world and my desire to pursue a path that would allow me to give back. I began taking French in eighth grade and continued to do so until my sophomore year of college. Due to my Spanish fluency, French came easy to me and I fell in love with the study of language. In my junior year of high school, I was selected as one of sixty students in Virginia to participate in the Virginia Governor’s School French Academy, a 3-week full-immersion program at Washington and Lee University. I was also able to stay with a host family in Aix-en-Provence, France, which further developed my passion for global engagement. I was also heavily involved as a leader in multiple organizations in high school, and even competed up at the DECA International Career Development Conference where I placed as an International Finalist in Business Services Marketing category.

I have recently graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work. My time at the university has been one that I will always look back on as a critical time in my life that I will reflect on fondly. It has provided me with lifelong friendships and experiences that have allowed me to grow in ways that I never expected, both personally and professionally. While saddened by the thought of leaving, I know that the future is bright thanks to the opportunities I have had. In the fall, I will be pursuing my Master’s in Public Health in Health Policy, Law, and Ethics at the University of Virginia and plan to utilize it as an opportunity to grow as a professional and better equip myself with the knowledge to serve the communities around me. In the coming years, I hope to work to minimize inequities in regards to health services that result from barriers relating to education, sexuality, and access to resources. I would love to work for the Office of Minority Health or the World Health Organization and not only be an advocate for my community, but also cooperate with others to spearhead advancement on a macro level. My hobbies including traveling, going to concerts, and attending exercise classes such as Zumba. I love having the opportunity to visit new places and experience different cultures and have been to countries such as Egypt, Peru, Turkey, Greece, and more. I hope to continue to explore the world and learn from people that are different than me, because I truly believe that this is the best way to live life and I cannot wait to see what the future holds.

Music at the Terrace

Mollee McWhorter loves coming to Shenandoah Terrace to sing to the residents every month. It’s fun singing 1930s-1960s music and having the residents join in on the fun. In fact, she said the most rewarding part of her career as a singer and piano player is playing for people who don’t get a chance to go outside often. Bringing that gift to them is beneficial to her.

Ever since she was four, Mollee knew she wanted music to be a part of her life. At the age of 13, Mollee began professionally playing the piano. And at 22, she started singing in public. Mollee has been performing for residents at Shenandoah Terrace for nearly five years and said she never wants to stop singing along with them and playing the tunes the residents want to hear. She said music helps the residents with dementia because it gives them an outlet to sing along with her. Don’t worry, she’ll be back soon!

We would like to welcome our new residents, Betty Stickman, Lillian Hughes and Timmy Click

Events Calendar

Every Saturday Afternoon Joy is in our Beauty Shop for hair appointments.

Please make arrangements by calling Joy directly at 540-740-4445 or 540-335-0142

You may be gone from my sight, but you are never gone from my heart. In Memory of:

Edna Secrist, Carol “Cookie” Price, Doris Cox, William “Bill” Green, Annette Jenkel