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In the Spotlight August 2017

Dementia Care Resident of the Month

Resident of the Month

Gloria McDowell

Ms. Gloria McDowell was born on November 14, 1927 in Elmira, New York to Stephen and Helen McMillan. Gloria has one older brother named Stephen Jr., but Gloria calls him “Buddy.”

Gloria’s mother passed away when she was only 3 years old and she and her brother Buddy lived with their grandmother. Growing up, Gloria really enjoyed music and took a music class where she learned how to play the piano and the trumpet.

Gloria graduated from Arnot Ogden School of Nursing in 1949 at the age of 21. In 1951 she bought her first car, a 1951 Ford. Gloria’s friend Theresa bet her $5 that she wouldn’t drive across country. Gloria took the bet and the two of them drove from Elmira to Arizona and Gloria never got the $5. From Arizona, Gloria and Theresa drove to La Jolla and both of them got a nursing job at
Scripps Clinic.

After a few months, Gloria fulfilled her promise to her grandmother and went back home to Elmira and that’s when she met her first husband, Ralph. They got married in 1955 and have two beautiful daughters: Stephanie and Pamela. Unfortunately, their marriage came to an end after just a few years and Gloria moved back to La Jolla with her daughters and continued her nursing career at Scripps. While working at Scripps, Gloria met a nice gentleman named Roger who came in with a broken hip and asked Gloria to be his personal nurse. Gloria agreed and Roger eventually proposed to her and she said yes! Unfortunately, Roger passed away two years after their marriage.

Gloria quit her job as a nurse and decided to enjoy life, going on trips and cruises. She married one more time and took dancing lessons and continued to travel. Gloria joined the La Jolla Country Club and for over ten years she made lots of friends, getting
together for lunches and social activities until she joined “our club at Sunshine Care exactly one year ago!

Gloria, we are so glad to have you as part of our family at Sunshine Care!


Dementia Caregiver & Employee of the Month

Employee of the Month

Marissa Soriano

Marissa was born in Nueva Ecija, Philippines to Dominador and Agretina Soriano. She has five siblings.

During her early 20’s, Marissa worked for the U.S. Diplomat Army as an events person/personal assistant for 15 years and had the opportunity to work overseas in various places including Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Hawaii. Marissa decided to continue her education and attended AMA Computer College in Quezon City, Philippines to study Business Office Administration.
Shortly after she graduated in 2013, Marissa migrated to the United States to seek better opportunities.

Marissa is a proud mother of two: a 27-year-old daughter who is a chemist and future pharmacist in the next year, and a 12-year-old son who is currently taking dancing and acting classes in hopes of becoming an actor or an entertainer someday.

Marissa started working at Sunshine Care in December of 2016. She really enjoys her job at Sunshine Care and according to her it is such a blessing to work for the residents and with great co-workers who have taught and helped her a lot and she hopes to remain part of Sunshine Care for many more years to come.

Congratulations Marissa and keep up the great work!