March’s Senior Spotlight is Pearl Ann Rutherford

Published on March 20, 2018 with 4 Comments

An early retirement is what brought Pearl Ann Rutherford and her husband Robert to Milton 25 years ago. Relocating from Kentucky where she worked as a hospital supervisor, she said she and Robert set out to find a new place to live by heading to Phoenix, Arizona and traveled eastward until they landed in Milton.

“We found a house where Robert could drive his golf cart to play golf. We liked the area and the small town. I found a job,” she said.

Playing Bingo at the Guy Thompson Community Center’s Senior Program is something Pearl Ann needed to make more friends during retirement. Left to right: Muriel Jones, Pearl Ann Rutherford, Brenda Roland

Pearl Ann said after her husband died in 2009, she spent a period of time adjusting and decided to become more social. She joined a knitting group, bowling league, a fitness and dancing club and someone told her about Sassy Senior Singles. She made friends and visited the Guy Thompson Community Center’s senior program to play cards in 2011.

She has since began volunteering on the activities committee and enjoys playing Bingo. Her favorite program is the lunch and learn. “I enjoy learning about senior subjects,” she said.

Pearl Ann said she has to keep herself busy since being retired is a big change for her. She said she’s been in accounting her whole life. “I began in a bank in Buffalo, New York; a Kentucky hospital business manager. I learned most of my accounting skills under Danny Walters. I appreciate him for teaching me as it’s opened a lot of doors and challenged me. I’ve lived in a lot of places and had many adventures. Coming to the senior center has helped a lot.”

There’s so much to do in Milton. There’s more to do here than any place else I know of so I decided to stay. I enjoy being around people. I try to help out whenever I can.

One adventure Pearl Ann remembers most is when she and her family left Buffalo, New York in a 35′ house boat to move to Florida.”We put the boat in at the Erie Canal and traveled through the locks to the Hudson River, out through the Inter-coastal Waterways, through Chesapeake Bay and back out to the Inter-Coastal. We lived in Fort Myers for a year and a half. It was a good time in our lives. We would stop in at places to gas up and buy food. It was an adventure I’ll never forget.”

Married to Robert, her best friend for 48 years, she has one daughter and two grandchildren.

Motto: Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is unknown, live in the present.

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  1. Thank you Pearl for all you do. I always love seeing your great smile when you come around with those 50/50 tickets.

  2. I’m proud to call Pearl Ann my friend.she has volunteered her time and efforts for many organizations in our community to make it a better place for all of us to live. She doesn’t hesitate to help any one of us I’m glad the boat anchored in Florida and she found her way to Milton

  3. I met Pearl Ann a few months after her husband passed. We became friends. We were going to the same gym. We bowled together. She has such a sweet smile and a good heart. Always busy doing for others. I am glad to have her as a good friend. She is a very special person.

  4. Pearl Ann was one of the first people to make me feel welcome at the Senior Center two years ago. Glad I can call her friend!

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