Unique — The Primrose Ringers, ambassadors for the Marion Primrose community, pose for a picture in the fireside lounge. The Ringers have performed 340 concerts since February 2009, when they were organized.
Scenes from the Annual Hog Roast — A hog roast with all the trimmings is served annually to mark another year’s celebration for the Marion Primrose Retirement Community. A huge tent is put up in the back parking lot for dining and listening to entertainment.
Serving up dinner — Volunteers in the community, including Mayor Scott Schertzer in the blue shirt, and local funeral director, Chad Snyder, work the serving line at the annual Marion Primrose Hog Roast.
A community on the go would best describe Marion (Ohio) Primrose. In addition to regularly seeing the bus at doctor’s offices, pharmacies and grocery stores, the community recognizes the bus at the local theater, various restaurants — in town and out of town — local fair, cultural events, volunteering at Secret Santa in the local schools and more.
Residents eagerly anticipate several traditions in the community that include not only the resident but their families as well. Those events include the Annual Anniversary Hog Roast, St. Patrick’s Day and New Year’s Eve parties, as well as Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas.
Activities inside the doors of the community include regular movies, ice cream treats, bingo, weekly happy hour with entertainment, chapel services for both Protestant and Catholic faith and weekly Bible study. Man Hour is observed twice a month for the men to talk “man talk” and arts and crafts opportunities.
Doors opened in June 2006 and welcomed Mary Louisa Rimbach as its first resident. Unfortunately, Mrs. Rimbach is no longer with us but frequently reminded staff she chose the apartment of 105 because of the view of the beautiful flowers and the front door from her living room window.
The community is blessed with prominent residents including former U.S. Treasurer, former County Commissioner, retired jeweler, retired senior editor and reporter for the local newspaper, approximately 30 veterans including at least 3 career military men, educators, engineer, registered nurses, firefighter and more.
Unique to our community is the Primrose Ringers. This handbell choir of 12 residents was formed in February 2009, and has performed more than 335 concerts since that time. They have a repertoire of more than 50 songs and have performed at area retirement, assisted living and nursing homes, civic organizations, the local theater, a wedding and two funerals, mother-daughter events, special music at area churches, Marion Popcorn Festival, Prospect 4th of July festival, various fairs including the Ohio State Fair four consecutive years and more.
Primrose Marion is also home to the Mary Ellen Withrow Museum which is filled with memorabilia of her 8 years as U.S. Treasurer. The Museum is open by appointment and is frequently toured by out of town tour buses.
Residents lives are enriched every day through socialization around the dining room tables, fireside chats, entertainment, walks around the driveway and rocking away in the rockers on the front porches. Many new friendships have been formed and life stories shared.
by Brenda Donegan
Life Enrichment Coordinator
To find out more about the retirement living experience at Primrose, please contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!