When asked how they met, Martha Kirby Hollingsworth says smiling, “at an Elderhostel program, but Glenn was with another woman.” After losing her mother and husband in 2000, Martha took a much needed Elderhostel vacation with friends to Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia. There she found comfort in conversation with Glenn, who she soon discovered recently lost his wife. She also learned Glenn lived in Florida, is a die hard University of Florida Gator fan and most importantly, that the other woman was only a high school classmate and friend. After a week of chatting they parted ways; Glenn headed up north to participate in other Elderhostel programs, while Martha made the journey home to Winston-Salem.
Two weeks later, the phone rang. “I was driving through North Carolina and thought I would take her out to dinner,” says Glenn. “Oh you couldn’t resist,” laughs Martha. They dated long distance for a long eighteen months. Finally, Glenn moved to North Carolina and in 2002 they were married.
Planning for their future, Martha and Glenn found security in their decision to move to Arbor Acres. “I don’t want my children to worry about us. It is obvious a lot of thought goes into the needs of the people at Arbor Acres,” says Martha. In July 2008, they moved to their house on Epworth Drive. Martha keeps a garden of cucumbers, squash, zucchini and tomatoes that she uses in her cooking and Glenn enjoys displaying his Gator flag on game days. It wasn’t long before they were attending exercise classes, meeting friends for dinner and becoming involved in Arbor Acres’ activities. Martha volunteers on the What’s Up committee and in the Village Gift Shoppe. Glenn has volunteered his time as a Resident Council representative. “We have enjoyed every minute of our time at Arbor Acres. I wish everyone could live like this,” says Glenn. Martha responds, “Yes! It is like living on a cruise ship, but without getting sea sick…you meet new friends, enjoy daily entertainment and eat delicious food.”