Russell & Marian Ferris
Russell and Marian are travelers! After Marian graduated from Austin High School in Texas, she went to work at Bergstrom Air Force Base where she met Russell, an Air Force pilot. After the war, the newlyweds moved to Russell’s hometown of Omaha where he attended Creighton University. Upon graduation, they moved to Dallas and Russell started at Allstate and ended his career there as the Director of Information Technology. Throughout the years, Russell’s career took them to many parts of the country while they raised their four children. Marian was often employed in office positions when she wasn’t also wearing her full-time mom hat. After retirement, they moved to Amelia Island where Russell became very involved with an environmental organization called Turtle Watch. Marian also enjoys pursuing her hobby – she’s a wonderful cook!
Martha Remy Freer has an unusual European ancestry – that of French Huguenots, a heritage that she shared with her late husband George. The Huguenots were members of the Protestant Reformed Church, and many (including the Freer and Remy families) were driven out of France by the end of the 17th century during a series of religious persecutions. France’s loss is our gain, and we are so pleased that Martha was born in the United States and is one of our wonderful residents now. Martha’s husband George was a Friends pastor, and they served several congregations around the country. Along the way, they raised four boys. At FFC, Martha enjoys gardening and tending to her baby ducks that appear every spring. If you get an opportunity to visit with Martha, don’t miss it. She has some great life stories to share!
Myron & Linda Hopkins
Who wants to go bowling? Myron and Linda, of course, who met during their school years at a local bowling alley and the rest is history! Myron graduated from Ball State and taught Industrial Tech and Driver’s Ed at Centerville-Abington schools for almost 40 years, and Linda worked as a stay-at-home mom for several years as well as a legal secretary. Along the way, two sons were raised. Currently, the Hopkins now have the time to enjoy a wide variety of hobbies, the most pleasurable being time spent with their grandchildren. They are also members of a local Model A Restorers Club and own a beautiful green and black Model A.
A visit with Lois is quite an inspirational experience! Lois was the kind of schoolteacher every parent wishes for their child, and we can only imagine how many lives she has positively influenced. Lois grew up within a Quaker community in Henry County and also attended Earlham, where she met her future husband and fellow teacher, Carl. Carl and Lois married in 1954, and raised 3 children while both continued to teach. After their retirement, they enjoyed traveling around the world, including to Kenya, Greece, Israel, Palestine and the USSR, before Carl died in 2005. Lois then sold Maple Hill Farm which had been in her family for 5 generations, and we are so fortunate that she came to live here! Lois continues to write, teach, learn new things and help others.
Wonder where the economy is headed? You might want to talk with Gil Klose, retired Earlham faculty member and head of the Economics Department for many years. Gil attended DePaul University and also received an MS degree from the University of Wisconsin before doing further graduate work in economics at Northwestern University and, much later in 1990, receiving an MBA at the University of Dayton. In 1955 Gil married Nancy Rooney, his partner in life until her death in 2002. The Kloses raised four children, and of course Gil especially enjoys his treasured grandchildren. Besides a lengthy record of service to Earlham, Gil has been very active in the Richmond and Wayne County area, volunteering countless hours for many worthwhile causes. We are so pleased that Gil chose to become a part of Friends Fellowship Community too!
Wayne & Jane Vincent
What an honor! Both Wayne and Jane have been awarded separately by the State of Indiana as a Sagamore of the Wabash. Jane studied nursing at IU, then received her Ed.D at Ball State and had a long and distinguished career as a nursing professor at several institutions of higher learning. Wayne studied music at Earlham and returned to Richmond after a two-year stint in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany. Back home, Wayne joined Equitable Life Insurance as an agent and became the choir director and organist at Trinity Lutheran Church. There he met Jane, and they were married in 1957. The Vincents raised 4 children, and in 1967 Wayne launched his own business, Planned Benefit Services. Over twenty years ago, Jane started the first Alzheimer’s support group in Indiana, long before there was an official name attributed to the disease. Both love gardening and are still very active in the community, supporting many organizations with their time and talents.
Ed & Jocelyn White
Sweethearts at Earlham briefly interrupted by her transfer to the IU School of Nursing and his conscientious objector status during the Korean Conflict, Ed and Jocelyn were married in 1955 at a Friends church in Baltimore. The Whites accepted a call to go to the Friends Mission in Kenya, Africa from 1965-1969 and had multiple responsibilities there but feel blessed to have had such a wonderful opportunity and experience for their young family, which now included four children. The family loved to camp and enjoy the wonders of nature. More recently, an inheritance of glass creamers evolved into a hobby for Ed, and Jocelyn comes from a long line of bird watchers. Ed and Jocelyn have many relatives in the Richmond area and at FFC in particular, so moving here already felt like home.