Lillian “Lil” Bledsoe, a resident at Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village in Florida has lived through many historically significant times – and now the COVID-19 pandemic can be added to her list.
Lil has lived through the Great Depression, World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Lil also came close to being at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. She was scheduled to have lunch in Tower 1 that day.
During the pandemic, she’s made adjustments in her daily life at Kissimmee Village, where she’s lived the past 33 years. But she still uses her golf cart to go to the grocery store near campus.
“I put on my mask and go to Publix and do my shopping,” Lil says.
She also keeps busy reading and taking her miniature poodle for walks.
“We have a lovely library here,” she says. “I managed to get six books right before we were put in quarantine. I’m on book number five.”
Since Lil has many good friends at Kissimmee Village, she says it’s been an adjustment not seeing all of them during the quarantine.
“I’m a people person. It’s very difficult to not be around people as much,” she says.
She’s made the decision to still keep in contact with a few friends to fill her need for socialization.
She ventures out to play bridge with a small group a couple days a week. They sit at a large table in the campus gazebo and make sure to keep their distance from each other.
During the pandemic or otherwise, Lil says Kissimmee Village is a great place to live and she feels blessed to give back.
Her donations have built the gazebo, the pier and the memory care gazebo. And she’s given her time by serving as treasurer of the library and the Sunshine Auxiliary gift shop.
Lil attributes her 96 years of life to staying active and being with people.
“I just keep going,” she says. “That’s why I’ve been around so long.”