Barbara is such a sweet, soft spoken resident. She loves to play Bingo, crochet, nap and drink wine. Barbara was born in 1934 and raised in Marshall, Texas. What some may not know about Barbara, is that her family owned the Made-Rite soda company in Texas, bottling Dr. Pepper, RC Cola, and 7up! Barbara’s father Jack S. Mann married into the founder’s family and worked as a cashier at the company until he became the manager of the Henderson plant, and later co-bought the Made-Rite company. Growing up Barbara spent all of her time at the plant in Marshall where she also worked as the bookkeeper. After ¼ of the company was sold to her brother, Barbara got married, had her 3 children and moved out of the business which is still running today in Longview. The company will be celebrating it’s 95th anniversary next year. The best part is that we learned all of this just by chatting about our favorite soda. It’s funny that you have no idea who you are sitting next to until you just ask. Thank you Barbara for sharing such a neat chapter of your life with us.
Fay is one of our Sodalis Summit Oaks residents. She is a fantastic mother of six, and has raised many more adopted children throughout her life. In the past, she worked as a Tupperware Unit Manager and was the top seller in the nation! In 1979, she was featured on the cover of Our World magazine and was named Builder of the People for her accomplishments at Tupperware.
In her free time, Fay enjoys singing and spreading the word about what a great place Summit Oaks is to live. Whether she is at church or at her weekly visits to the Senior Center, Fay raves about us and how much she loves living here. Every time we have a tour, the visitors are sure to mention that Fay recommended them. She has already convinced her brother Ray to move in next door to her! Fay is a great pillar in our community and an Ambassador at Summit Oaks. We are proud to have her!