Friendship Flourishes at Deupree House

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A retirement community is about more than the “stuff” of senior living—the gorgeous interiors, the five star meals, the wellness programs. It’s about the people too.

Retirement living isn’t the story of dreary institutional corridors in a lonely nursing home; it’s the story of love, laughter, and more than 40 years of friendship. It’s the story of lifelong friends Ann Bullock, Gay Bain, and Cece Mooney who ended up living right next door to each other at Deupree House.

For these three dear friends, Deupree House has been the background of a scrapbook of memories and experiences.

“It feels like it was meant to be, all of us being neighbors,” says Ann Bullock. “We’ve been friends for more than 40 years, it only makes sense that we would live out our golden years together as well!”

Life doesn’t end when you retire. Ann Bullock, Gay Bain, and Cece Money have found that friendship flourishes in retirement living at Deupree House.

Mooney, Bain, and Bullock first met as young activists in the Cincinnati Junior League. They became fast friends while they were working together at some of the first Appalachian Festivals in the 1970s.

“Once you get started with volunteering in Cincinnati, you just keep on going because there are so many worthy causes and you meet such wonderful people,” says Mooney.

“You make lifelong friends, like these girls,” adds Bain.

They stayed in touch as time passed—their friendships stayed strong through marriages, moves, children, and other life-changing events.

And transitioning into life after retirement was no different.

Retirement living for this group isn’t about living out their last days. It’s about finding family and making a home.

“Some of our friends said we were too young to move in when we did,” says Mooney who moved into an apartment at Deupree House with her husband Tom more than half a decade ago. “They said that retirement living is ‘just for the end.’ But it was the best decision we could have made.”

And it was an easy choice to make.

“My mother actually lived in Deupree in the 1980s for nine years, so I was fortunate enough to know about the ERH organization and how wonderful it is. Before we moved in, we were living in a condo. We thought making the move here would eliminate some stress for us, and we’ve been so happy with our decision. We knew some folks who lived here and we’ve made new friends as well. These people have become our family.”

The story of Deupree House is about finding the home and family you need—whenever and wherever you need it.

After her dear husband Buzz passed away, Ann Bullock first swapped her large home in Ryland, Kentucky for a smaller cottage in the same town, then moved to Deupree House as her permanent residence where an apartment had been serendipitously vacated—right next door to her best friend Cece.

“It definitely was a year of flip-flopping my entire world,” says Bullock. “There were so many changes, but this was the best decision I could have made.  The staff made the move so easy. It’s beautiful, relaxing, safe, and there are so many wonderful people and so many things to do. There are concerts and outings, parties and events that make it so you’re never bored. The Deupree House is the perfect place for me.”

In fact, it was so perfect for Ann and Cece, that their friend Gay Bain had to see what it was all about.

Bain now lives with her husband in a Deupree House apartment just a floor away from her good friends. 

Bryan Reynolds
October 25, 2013
Bryan Reynolds is the Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS). Bryan is responsible for developing and implementing ERS' digital marketing strategy, and overseeing the website, social media outlets, audio and video content and online advertising. After originally attending The Ohio State University, he graduated from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he earned a Bachelor of fine arts focused on electronic media. Bryan loves to share his passion for technology by assisting older adults with their computer and mobile devices. He has taught several classes within ERS communities as well as at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute run by the University of Cincinnati. He also participates on the Technology Team at ERS to help provide direction. Bryan and his wife Krista currently reside in Lebanon, Ohio with their 5 children.

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