JoAnn Giles, Senior Spotlight for September finds new life in Milton

Published on August 30, 2018 with 1 Comment

JoAnn Giles came to Milton around 4 years ago and found the new life she was seeking.

“I came for a vacation and decided after retirement I wanted to live here,” she said. Having an opportunity to see the world while working for a beverage distribution center, she said she appreciated the slower pace of life.

“My daughter moved here 20 years ago,” she said. “It would be nice to live near family, too. I have two other children who live in Kentucky, where I lived before.”

Giles said she enjoys working with other seniors at the Guy Thompson Community Center and especially participating in Bingo. “I enjoy being around people, driving the golf cart to help people get from their car, selling raffle tickets and beading class. I’m a RSVP volunteer, too.”

JoAnn is highly appreciated at the Guy Thompson Community Center. Joe Paschal, Senior Program Coordinator for the community center said she is one of many wonderful volunteers who not only helps  throughout the year but also is a valuable RSVP volunteer.

JoAnn Giles receives a hug from fellow volunteer Christy Griffith at the Senior Expo in March, 2018

“Jo is a thoughtful, giving person who so selflessly spends much of her personal time, energy and resources helping senior citizens both at the Guy Thompson Community Center but also throughout the community.  Jo also serves on our Senior Activity Committee helping the staff and me come up with program ideas and ideas on how to better serve our participating Senior Citizens.  She spends countless hours volunteering with our regularly scheduled activities such as our monthly dance, weekly bingo as well as our ongoing special events throughout the year.  Jo is a very special person who definitely deserves this special recognition,” said Paschal.

Giles submitted this photo along with others to eventually win the Loretta Lynn look-a-like contest in 1972.

One of the most interesting instances Giles enjoyed sharing is the contest she won in 1972 as a Loretta Lynn look-a-like.

“Loretta Lynn has always been an idol for me. I’m a coal miner’s daughter, too from Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. I’d always been told I looked like her. I’ve been mistaken for Loretta several times.Once in Pigeon Forge and in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry. I’d gone back stage at the Opry to meet her and someone tried to cut my hair,” said Giles.

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  1. JoAnn this does not surprise me a bit. When we were in school you were that sweet, caring little girl. Now you have raised your family and are taking on that same kindness with others that need that little extra attention. So proud to call you my friend.

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