Two 99ers enjoy Talbot life
EASTON — When you meet Ellen Walbridge and Helen Crow, residents of Dixon House in Easton, you won’t suspect they are both 99 years old. Both women are vibrant and enjoy recalling their full and rich lives. This is the case for several residents at The Dixon House in Easton.
Linda Elben, executive director, said, “We are seeing more and more residents coming to us later in their lives, in their 90s, still very active and living quality lives. Most just need to simplify their living and have less responsibilities.”
“These two women are remarkable,” Elben said. “They join a number of our residents who are centenarians or who approaching 100 years of age. It is a testament to them living active lives surrounded by family and friends.”
Born in West Virginia, Walbridge had ties to the Eastern Shore. At 15, she followed her brother, who worked at Fike Orchard in Skipton. While living here, she met Alvin Walbridge at a church social, and the rest is history.
Over the years, Ellen Walbridge supported her husband, who started Walbridge Builders. Family is very important to her. She and Alvin had five children, one boy and four girls. She now has 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Walbridge moved to The Dixon House in 2017 after living independently. She was active in 4-H, loved to garden (she tends the flowers at The Dixon House), and enjoyed knitting, crocheting and sewing. She also loves to bake, helping with the baking activities at The Dixon House, and lemon meringue pie is her specialty.
She said she never drank or smoked, and her brother lived until age 96. “I don’t feel real young, but I don’t feel 99,” she said. She will turn 100 in February 2019.
Born in rural Ohio, Helen Crow was always physically active, as was her father, a builder. Crow recalls doing handstands and headstands when she was young. Today, she doesn’t miss an exercise class at The Dixon House.
She and her husband, Elmer, nicknamed “Amo,” married after he served in the Army’s 17th Airborne Division as a paratrooper during World War II. The two had three children, and today she has three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Amo was a master craftsman, training many young men who entered the flooring trade, while Helen did office work for a law firm, then a refinery.
Both Helen and Amo participated in an art activities group in Cincinnati, where Helen enjoyed oils and watercolors and Amo enjoyed stained glass, caning, and pottery. The two also enjoyed music, attending Cincinnati Symphony concerts for 40 years.
The couple retired to Florida and then to Easton, where their son Roger and daughter-in-law Heather live. The two then came to live at The Dixon House in 2014. Amo passed away in 2015.
“Easton is a nice town,” Helen said. “We were amazed at the quality of friends we have made at Dixon House. I have had a good life.”
Ellen Walbridge, a resident of Dixon House, will turn 100 in February 2019.
Dixon House resident Helen Crow will turn 100 in April 2019.