When Milie Oborn’s husband passed away rather suddenly, she was determined to carry on in the home they once shared. For almost a decade, she fared quite well on her own — no small feat, considering she and Gordon shared 50 years together. 

But, when Millie’s health started to decline significantly, she knew it was time. She didn’t want to burden her children, so she made up her mind: she would move into a senior living community. What she didn’t anticipate was just how much freedom she would gain in her new life at Sagewood at Daybreak.

“When I first came in here, I was in a wheelchair, I was really not feeling good,” Millie says. “Since I purchased this (mobility scooter), I drive all over the place and get myself everywhere.”

Today, Millie enjoys spending time with all the good friends she’s made in the 14 months she’s been living at Sagewood. They play pinochle — her favorite — twice a week and they meet up in the dining room for meals. But the most rewarding thing for Millie: she joined Sagewood’s quilting club.

The quilting club was started by Millie’s good friend, Doris Nielson. As Millie’s ambassador, Doris was responsible for showing Millie around Sagewood when she first moved into the community.

“(Doris) kept telling me about this quilting club they have, and I thought, ‘I don’t want to go up there and quilt,’” Millie says with a laugh.

She says when Doris finally showed her what they were doing, knitting winter hats for charity, she got excited. She already knew how to make the hats and she loved the idea of helping others in need. So, she joined the quilting club and she never looked back.

“I have several daughters that work at grade schools, and it’s amazing how these kids come unprepared for winter,” says Millie. “So, we give them these hats and let them at least keep their little ears warm.”

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Doris says she estimates that she and Millie have each made more than 200 hats. The hats are donated to several charitable organizations, including the Ronald McDonald House and local schools. 

The quilting club meets once a week, but Millie and Doris — who live just a couple of doors down from one another — both knit every day. Millie says she does most of her knitting in her room. She says she doesn’t think it’s good for a person to sit around all day thinking of oneself.

“You need to think about other people and do things for other people,” Millie says. “That’s what it’s all about.”

Millie and Doris are not shy about their affection for Sagewood either. Millie says she was happy in her new home from day one, because she knew the time was right.

Doris says she missed her home at first, but it wasn’t long before she realized all the benefits Sagewood had to offer. She says she no longer misses her old home and she doesn’t miss her car, because the community offers transportation to so many places.

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“And you don’t have to clean or cook,” Doris says while knitting a hat. “I’ve been lazy since I moved in here, everybody’s so nice,” she finishes with a laugh.

For more information about Sagewood at Daybreak, visit lifeatsagewood.com or call 801.806.0636.