Glenmary Home is nestled in the heart of the Highlands in an area called The Cherokee Triangle of Louisville, KY. It is a lovely neighborhood near beautiful city parks and multiple opportunities for fun and social interaction.
Baxter Ave. Theater is within walking distance as are the Comedy Club and the Highlands branch of the Public Library. The Bardstown Road corridor offers many fine restaurants, fast food places, coffee shops, galleries, boutiques and grocery stores.
Residents at Glenmary never lack for something to do with so many amenities within walking distance.
Glenmary Home was owned by Mary C. Bell for thirty-five years. Established as a skilled nursing home in the mid fifties, so began a tradition of caring at 2215 Glenmary Ave.
Mary and her daughter, Lana, bought Glenmary Home in 1977 when it was still a skilled nursing home, but Mary eventually turned it into a boarding home to serve those who no longer wanted the burden of living on their own.
At an age when many women might have been thinking of retirement, Mary, launched into a new business and
presided over it until she was 87 years old. Through the years she had much help from her family and from wonderful employees, but Mary was the guiding light of Glenmary Home.
Mary had raised six children and thought of the residents at Glenmary as just an extension of her family. She had also served as a division manager at Sears and had been involved in real estate and sales. Her mothering, management and public relations skills were put to good use at Glenmary Home.
Glenmary Home has a license to have as many as 20 residents, but In later years, Mary reduced the number of residents she sheltered to better serve them and to enhance the family-like atmosphere at Glenmary. Many of the residents have lived at Glenmary Home for years and years. They really consider it their home.
Because of frail health, Mary moved to Michigan in May of 2012 to be near her daughter. She passed away on November 27, 2012. Her plaque in the Scattering Garden of Cave Hill Cemetery says "Her radiant spirit blessed our world." All those who benefited from living at Glenmary Home through the years know that statement is so true.
Glenmary Home will continue in the Highlands under new management. The family has decided to continue the legacy of Mary C. Bell by keeping Glenmary open for those who call it home and for any new residents who no longer want the burden of living on their own.
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