Meet the Residents at Asbury Solomons!

Meet some residents who embody and enjoy taking advantage of the Asbury Solomons’ lifestyle.

A Quick Decision Turns Into a ‘Happy Adventure’Dollie Merritt

Dolly Merritt still “can’t quite believe that when the whole world was hunkering down, my husband Paul and I decided it was a good time to downsize 17 years’ worth of accumulated stuff, which I prefer to call “collectibles,” and move to a retirement community. But we did and we’ve had a happy adventure.” Dolly put her skills as a columnist to work chronicling her downsizing and move. Read More »

Patty Runco

Art Lover Embraces ‘Fullness’ of Life

Although Patty Runco is a transplant to Southern Maryland – like many, she and her husband came via the Patuxent River Naval Air Base after years of different posts that included Turkey – she has deep roots here. They raised two daughters in St. Mary’s County, and Patty is part of a group that founded the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Arts Alliance. Read More »

Anna Tillack

SMILE Volunteer Helps Fight Hunger in Region

When Anna Tillack retired, she had no intention of just sitting around and “looking at my four walls,” she says. In particular, Anna was looking for a way to give back to the Southern Maryland community she and her husband had called home since 1978. Read More »

David Winterle

Working Past Retirement Age? Why Not?

Whether it’s volunteering within the retirement community where they live or focusing their efforts outward, Asbury residents are busy doing exactly what they want to be doing – making good use of their time and talents. Read More »


Pam and George Callen

Planning to Age Well

Meet Pam and George Callen, two of Asbury Solomons’ newest Cottage residents.

The couple had just returned from a water aerobics class on campus when they spoke about their decision to move to a retirement community at an age – Pam is 69, George, 73 – that left many of their friends scratching their heads. Read More »

Peggy Hovermale‘The Greatest Place to Live’

Peggy Hovermale was drawn to Asbury Solomons by her love of the water and fond childhood memories of fishing on Solomons Island with her father. Now, the Silver Spring native loves it when her grandchildren visit and they all head down to the river to kayak, fish off the pier or net fish along the beach. Read More »

Ernest WilloughbyAudubon Devotee & Professor Shares Passion With Others

It doesn’t take long for new Asbury Solomons’ residents to comment on how many interesting conversations they find themselves in with their newfound neighbors. Read More »


Ron GruverEmbracing All Life Has to Offer

Clearly, Ron Gruver is a one hundred and ten percent kind of guy. He’s a great example of the independent living that Asbury residents enjoy. Read More »


Betty's Closet

The Cheerful Face Behind Betty’s Closet

Ruth Maxey is a self-described people person, a fact that would come as no surprise to the hundreds of residents and shoppers who interact with Ruth in her role as a founding volunteer of Betty’s Closet, the thrift shop that benefits Asbury Solomons’ Benevolent Care Fund. Read More »


Suzanne Edwards

“Early” Move to Asbury Solomons Just the Right Move for Social Couple

Suzanne and Bud Edwards moved to Asbury Solomons from Arkansas in 2006, drawn by the proximity of their children and the community’s fabulous river view. Read More »


Marcella Hayes

Asbury Solomons’ Queen Bee of the Gardens

March is when most garden lovers at Asbury Solomons begin staking out their seasonal harvest. By late summer, many will no doubt be wondering why on earth they planted all those tomatoes and zucchini. Read More »


Lee and Charlene McCollough

Forever Friends

For sisters, Lee McCollough and Charlene Massing, being together in retirement was a foregone conclusion. “From the time I was little, I’ve had this picture in my mind of two, little old ladies walking down the street,” Charlene says. “I could only see them from the back, but I just always knew it was my sister and me.” Read More »


Sue Hu

Helping Hands Reach Out to the Chesapeake

Sue Hu’s passion and energy for the environment have never been in short supply.  A long career as a science teacher was capped off by ten years directing and teaching summer classes for Audubon Naturalist Society and Calvert Marine Museum immersing teenagers in Chesapeake Bay ecology. Read More »


Frank & Miriam

Moving Forward Together

Frank’s story: Before Asbury Solomons was a reality my wife, Miriam, and I stood on the river bank looking out over the Patuxent as it gently flowed toward the Chesapeake Bay. Read More »



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