Mary Margaret King (second from left) and Aubrey King (second from right) enjoying a meal in Woodlands’ dining room.

We originally got to know Mary Margaret and Aubrey King back in the summer of 2018, just months after they made the proactive move here to Woodlands in Huntington, WV. Although a lot has changed since then in the world, Mary Margaret and Aubrey report that they’re happier than ever to be a part of the tight-knit community here on our scenic hillside.

Recently, we had the opportunity to catch up with the Kings and get their perspective on living at Woodlands for more than three years. In short, they’re loving the security, involvement and energetic lifestyle. Let’s see what they had to say!

The right—and safe—place to be

One of the biggest reasons that independent older adults move to Woodlands is for peace of mind for whatever the future may hold. In the Kings’ case, two major events made them especially glad they live at Woodlands.

“It’s been a totally different world with the pandemic,” Mary Margaret said. “But there’s no place I’d rather be. We’re in the right place at the right time and we’ve come through just fine. We were fortunate to live here so we could be among the first people in the country to receive the vaccine.”

Although living at Woodlands has helped Mary Margaret and Aubrey safely and comfortably navigate a major world event, another event hit closer to home in the winter of 2021.

Aubrey explained: “We’ve really been blessed to be here, and the staff has done a wonderful job, which was particularly evident during the ice storm that hit Huntington. Some of the staff even spent the night here to make sure we had all we needed. Even during those challenges, all in all it’s been a very positive experience.”

Back when we first got to know the Kings, they mentioned that a primary benefit of moving when they did was the peace of mind it granted them as well as their children. We’re sure that after the past 18 months, the entire family is glad they can trust Woodlands through just about any challenge that comes along.

As involved as ever

With Woodlands’ location in the buzzing college town of Huntington, WV, members of our community have plenty of opportunities to be involved on and off campus—both ours and that of Marshall University. That’s especially true for Mary Margaret and Aubrey, as the pair are proud Marshall alums and maintain ties to the school.

Beyond the university and its beloved Thundering Herd football team, the Kings also enjoy staying involved in a variety of activities and organizations in Huntington. Mary Margaret is a highly active member of the Huntington chapter of P.E.O., an international philanthropic organization that helps women reach their highest aspirations. For his part, Aubrey stays busy as a member of the local Rotary club and noted that it’s nice for him and Mary Margaret to be able to continue “living independently, coming and going as they please” so they can stay connected to their hometown.

One may also find Aubrey and Mary Margaret visiting the Heritage Farm Museum with their grandkids, as it’s one of the top family attractions in the area. While visiting, there’s a good chance they will bump into fellow Woodlands neighbor, Ervin Jones, who volunteers regularly at the museum to share his woodworking talents with new generations.

Of course, all this local activity is in addition to all the Kings have been enjoying right here at Woodlands!

‘We don’t have an un-busy day’

Mary Margaret and Aubrey, just like their neighbors, stay busy with activities, friends and amenities right here at their fingertips. It’s all part of the Woodlands lifestyle that they’ve enjoyed since day one back in the spring of 2018.

For example, Aubrey is the current president of the resident council, so he has his finger on the pulse of just about everything happening here. That includes preparations for our 25th anniversary celebration happening in the fall of 2021.

Both Mary Margaret and Aubrey are also still involved in the on-campus activities they’ve enjoyed since making Woodlands their home, such as singing, bridge, croquet and more. And when they desire more relaxing, private time, they love strolling our scenic hillside grounds complete with ample walking paths and mountain views.

No matter what, “We don’t have an un-busy day!” Aubrey exclaimed.

And even though they’ve already been members of the Woodlands community for more than three years, Mary Margaret said something that many others have said.

“My only regret is not moving sooner!” she laughed.

Whether you’ve lived at Woodlands for more than three years like the Kings or for just three days, you’ll find our community warm, welcoming and a place where you can truly feel at home.

The first step toward enjoying the security, activity and rich lifestyle is to come visit us in person. Simply click here or call 304-697-1620 to coordinate your visit. We can’t wait to meet you!

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