Joanne Evans, an independent living resident at Fall Creek Retirement Village in Pendleton, Indiana grew up under the clear, blue skies of San Diego. At the age of twenty she took a train to live with her aunt in Alliance, Nebraska, before moving to Chadron, Nebraska. Chadron is where she saw her first snow. “I’d never seen snow before,” Joanne said. “It was cold in Chadron and windy.” It’s not uncommon for the winter to be well below zero, with 40 mile per hour winds. She was far from mild, temperate Southern California.
“I met a cowboy in Nebraska and we got married,” Joanne said. “We had 500 acres, we grew wheat and hay, we raised cattle, and we had four children, 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.” Joanne’s beloved cowboy passed on after 41 years of marriage. Joanne is lucky in love, she remarried to Roger Evans in 1996 until he died in 2011. Joanne and Roger were living in Fall Creek Retirement Village at the time of Roger’s passing. “I was very sad when Roger was gone,” Joanne said. “I have a good friend here,” she continued, “his name is Peanut. He was a great help during my sadness.”
Joanne has played the organ and piano throughout her life. “I learned on a pump organ,” she said. Joanne shares her talent at Fall Creek. Every day Joanne plays her organ in the common area for the residents and staff. “It’s wonderful therapy, she said smiling. “I feel so much better when I’m playing and it brings happiness.”
It certainly does bring happiness to the residents and staff of Fall Creek Retirement Village. Joanne loves to play the oldies. Her repertoire is mainly from the war years. She plays Glenn Miller, Hoagy Carmichael, and all the greats. “Stardust is my favorite.” Joanne then gave an impromptu show and Stardust filled the air.
Joanne’s playing brings smiles to all who hear her. She shares her talent freely, and her music fills the halls. Joanne had a friend help her during a trial in her life and Joanne helps the other residents at Fall Creek with her music. The caring and concern that Fall Creek has for their residents is passed on by the care and concern that each resident has for each other. To learn more about the outstanding residents at the Fall Creek Retirement Village, visit us at 300 JH Walker Dr, Pendleton, IN, or call (765) 778-7501 and schedule a visit.