Patti recently moved to Chapel Hill NC, but she’s lived many places. She grew up in Jacksonville FL and moved to Atlanta GA after completing college at Winthrop University and earning a BA degree in psychology.  In Atlanta, she worked as a mental health associate at the GA Mental Health Institute associated with Emory University. Later she worked as a social worker at the Methodist Children’s Home.  Both of her sons were born in Atlanta.  Her next move was to Raleigh, NC where she raised her two young sons while attending NCSU College of Design to earn a master’s degree in Product/Visual Design.  Her next career was managing market communications, advertising, PR, and visual merchandising at both Black and Decker and AT&T. Her work for AT&T took her to NJ and later to NY.  Needing to escape the cold weather and having taken an early retirement, Patti decided she wanted to return to NC.  She chose Southport, NC to be near her youngest son, who was living in Wilmington.  She lived in Southport for 13 years before her recent move to Chapel Hill. Next stop will be Legacy at Mills River.


Patti has many interests, which keep her calendar very full.

When she retired Patti started painting. She says this is where her heart had been for a long time. She’s gone from watercolor to mixed media to acrylics and oil.

Staying physically active is a priority. Patti played tennis most of her life and is now looking forward to learning how to play Pickleball.  She’s involved in Yoga, Tai Chi, and has been doing water aerobics as well as taking daily hikes with her Springer Doodle, Lizzi.

In Southport, she was very active in the Community Garden, heading up the “Sharing Bed Committee.” She loved growing her own veggies and sharing produce with those in the community who were aging and mostly housebound.

Reading is an especially enjoyable activity for Patti and she’s been in book clubs just about every place she’s lived.

And then there’s the joy of travel. Patti has been to Italy, Spain, France, England, Africa (Serengeti and Morocco), Greece and Norway.


Patti was once featured in Fortune Magazine after taking Early Retirement from AT&T, when the company was closing down their Consumer Products division.


After learning that the priority wait list at a CCRC she had signed up with had just been extended to 9 years, Patti decided she needed a Plan “B.” She discovered Legacy online and became very excited about the possibility, especially since she would be able to move in late 2024-early 2025.  Plus, her sister lives in Greenville SC and would only be about an hour away.  She had a 2 hour Zoom meeting with Lisa and was Sold!

Patti loves that Legacy is based on a new equity model and nestled in the mountains between Asheville and Hendersonville, an area she’s always had an affinity for.


Patti is especially looking forward to the planned art studio and getting back to painting. She has many art supplies and materials she will be happy to share.


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Janet & Ann

Janet & Ann met in a yoga class over a decade ago and were married on the day the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Obergefell v. Hodges case.

Barbara and Paul

While Barbara and Paul have enjoyed living in downtown Charleston, SC, they will not miss the growing threat of hurricanes, tidal flooding and the various impacts of climate change when they move to Legacy.