Who Lives Here

Getting involved, staying engaged, giving back. Asbury residents care about making a difference in their community, in the world and with their neighbors. Every resident is different but they are all committed to making life better in their own way. Here are their stories.

Focusing on LGBTQ+ Inclusivity

Alice Wong sits on sofa in her living room wearing a red cardigan and smiling at the cameraAsbury Methodist Village was the first Maryland retirement community to earn SAGECare Platinum certification. Resident Alice Wong, a long-time member of PFLAG, has been an activist for inclusivity at Asbury’s Gaithersburg campus and more broadly. Read More »



Halt GautUnpacking a 100-Year History

As a second-generation resident of Asbury Methodist Village, Hal Gaut’s quest to create a digital archive of the community’s rich past has been the work and passion of many years. Read More »


Senior woman sits on sofa in living room wearing red cardigan and smiling at cameraRiding to Remember

Hugh Valentine, founding member of the Buffalo Soldiers Maryland motorcycle club and retired D.C. police officer, rides to bring attention to the contributions that troops of color have made both at war and in their communities. Read More »


barbara harbison, a smiling african american senior female, leans against a table in a large library

Space Race Career Launches Active Retirement

Barbara Harbison swears this will be the year she retires — again. A resident of Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, MD, since 2014, Barbara’s definition of retirement isn’t quite textbook. Read More »

Asbury resident Sharon Rudy standing in Hefner Commons

A Globetrotter Finds a Home

Recently retired from a public health career,  Sharon Rudy has traveled to more than 70 countries over the course of her life. Now, she’s happily consulting and seeing what adventures this stage has in store. Read More »


Ron & Pam

Couple Logs 400 Miles in England

Meet Ron Stevenson and Pam Parmer. Outdoor enthusiasts who have taken three 100-mile walks across England and Scotland, Ron and Pam most recently celebrated Ron’s 81st birthday hiking at Glacier National Park. Read More »


Fred Brown

Paying It Forward

He’s never been a teacher, yet Fred Brown has helped shape the future of thousands of students across the United States. Read More »



Carlee & Howard Hallmans

Carlee & Howard Hallman

By Rev. Carlee Hallman

Even knowing the value and benefits of moving to a retirement community, the journey a person must travel in order to get there is emotionally challenging. Read More »


second careers for seniors

William Fox

What do you do when you’re just weeks away from flying out for your annual teaching gig with students of the Transnational School of Law at Peking University and a global pandemic upends everything? Dismantle a flight simulator, get busy on YouTube, and create a virtual classroom! Read More »

Edith Hefner

The Building Blocks of Healthy Aging: Edith Isacke

At 90 years old, Edith Isacke is a veritable poster child for the rewards of a life well”ness” lived. Read More »


Ruth Anne

Ruth Anne Thran: A Glimpse of Cuba

When Villas resident Ruth Anne Thran saw an advertisement posted by a choral group at Asbury Methodist Village for a People to People Cultural Exchange to Cuba, she was the first one to sign up. Read More »


Phyllis Naylor

A Writer’s Life: Phyllis Naylor

It’s the rare octogenarian who has higher name recognition among today’s youth than she does among her peers, but that just might be the case with Phyllis Naylor. Read More »



Villa Ladies

A Friendship for the Ages

When Barbara Fletcher, Nancy Fassett and Margaret Sugg first teamed up as roommates in Washington, D.C., during the 1960s, they never would have predicted they would be moving to a retirement community together four decades later. Read More »

George Stosur

George Stosur

Many of you have enjoyed lectures by our celebrated Courtyard Homes resident George Stosur, now retired from government service. He is a thrice-appointed Distinguished Lecturer by an international engineering society and, counting other lectures including cruise ships, he has delivered nearly 300 lectures around the world. Read More »

Donna Schramm

Donna Schramm

She grew up in a family that moved from one American Indian reservation to another in Montana following her father’s career in the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Her father‘s transfer to a post in the Interior Department’s Washington office brought even more abrupt change. Read More »

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