Jean Magee knew that life would be taking a new turn when she moved to Silver Maples in January 2009. But little did she know what direction that turn would be.
After living with her daughter for several years, Magee, a long-time Clinton, Michigan, resident, had stored much of her furniture and belongings. When she started readying for her apartment at Silver Maples, she started going through her personal items, including her jewelry.
“I had all this jewelry. I used to wear bracelets up my wrist. I decided to let the girls take what they wanted,” Magee remembered.
But once she settled in, she found that she hadn’t moved to a slow-paced retirement community. She’d moved to a community bustling with activities, including lots of social occasions.
“When I got here, I found they had all these parties,” she laughed. “Everyone gets dressed up and I found I needed my jewelry.”
She’s located some of the jewelry she had given away and is slowly re-collecting all of her antiques, which has been a life-time interest.
A member of three antique groups, Magee owned antique businesses in both Northville and Clinton. Though her children have quite a few of her pieces, Magee’s apartment is decorated with vintage pieces.
“I like the casualness and comfort of a room filled with antiques,” she said.
She and her husband bought and operated the Clinton Inn, then known as The Clintonian, for 10 years. She was a member of the community group that started Clinton Fall Fest. Having spent so many years in small towns, she’s really taken to life in Chelsea, particularly is charming downtown and active arts and theater offerings.
“I’ve adopted Chelsea. I like to keep tabs on what’s going on here.”
A member of the Chelsea Wellness Center, a perk provided by Silver Maples, Magee stays active and fit. She credits it to her genes, but her curiosity and desire to learn new things keeps her on the go. She’s also a member of the Activity Committee and the Dining Room Expansion Committee.
Shawn Personke, director of activities and PR for Silver Maples, said that Jean is an amazing person and contributes to the vibrancy of Silver Maples. “As soon as Jean moved in, it was like she’d lived her forever,” Personke said. “She’s such a positive person, always ready to lend a helping hand. I remember when she first moved in, she told she was coming to morning coffee everyday so she could get to know everyone. And she did.”
Magee’s advice for someone thinking about moving to Silver Maples: “I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to come here. It’s wonderful!”