Amerson enjoys working with puzzles, visiting SAIL Center

Published 10:20 pm Wednesday, March 5, 2008

By Staff
Senior Living
(This week The Atmore Advance spotlights 67-year-old Ann Amerson who enjoys visiting the Atmore SAIL Center as often as she can.)
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born Jan. 17, 1941 in Mobile.
Q: Is that where your parents were from?
A: At the time they lived there, but I was raised in Bratt.
Q: Do you have any brothers or sisters?
A: I had two brothers and one sister.
Q: What are their names and where do they live?
A: Betty and Curtis live in Walnut Hill and Cantonment. They are the two still living. My other brother was Albert.
Q: Where did you attend high school and college?
A: Bratt, I finished school at Ernest Ward.
Q: Do you do a lot of traveling?
A: I've been everywhere.
Q: Where all is 'everywhere'?
A: I lived in Arkansas for 11 years and I lived in Oregon for 11 years. I just came back home in November of this year so I've been gone all that time.
I've been to Vegas and North Carolina a couple of times.
Q: What did you do while living in those other states?
A: I was married and a homemaker. I did work while I was in Oregon some.
Q: What jobs have you held?
A: I was a caregiver for six years and then worked at Monsanta for 13 1/2 years. Then I did not work until I moved to Oregon and I was a caregiver there eight 1/2 years.
Q: Did you ever marry?
A: I've been married four times.
Q: Do you have any children?
A: I have four stepsons in Arkansas and four stepdaughters in Oregon.
Q: Do you have any grandchildren?
A: At least nine in the Arkansas bunch and eight in the Oregon bunch.
Q: Any great grandchildren?
A: Five in the Arkansas bunch and four in the Oregon bunch.
Q: Where do you attend church?
A: I am in between churches right now.
Q: What keeps you busy these days?
A: Coming to the (Atmore SAIL) center for one thing. I help out at as a pink lady at the hospital. I try to visit and catch up with people I haven't seen in a long time.
I like to quilt and work puzzles too.
Q: What is your favorite TV show?
A: "Deal or No Deal." And I like the religious shows.
I watch "Cops" just to see how dumb people are.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Chocolate. I really don't have a favorite anymore except chocolate. I am not particular.
Q: What advice would you like to give people on staying healthy?
A: Just listen to the advice the doctors give you and the elders because elders can give more advice than others can.
And once you get 60 watch out because things start going downhill.
And I've learned to give God the credit he deserves for many things.
(If you would like to recommend a senior to be spotlighted please contact Adrienne McKenzie at 368-2123 or e-mail her at

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