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Meet Margaret Lyddon

A new address, easier life for Kansas City native

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July 21st, 2014
resident in her apartment next to a 100 year old cabinet

When Margaret Lyddon first visited Creek, she noticed something right away.

“People were very welcoming as I passed them in the halls, in the dining area, just around the entire community,” says Margaret, who moved to Tallgrass Creek 18 months ago. “I visited several retirement communities where I just didn’t pick that up.”

Margaret scheduled her initial meeting and tour at Tallgrass Creek with Judy Baxter, sales counselor and personal moving consultant. 

“There was no pressure, rather just a conversation,” says Margaret. “Questions were answered, the tour was impressive, and we left with exactly what we needed to make a decision.” 

A quick decision

Little did Margaret know that decision would come sooner rather than later. Margaret plays tennis each week with seven other women, and soon after her visit to Tallgrass Creek, she mentioned to the group she was looking at retirement communities.

“One of my fellow tennis players was a real estate agent who had a client interested in my neighborhood,” says Margaret. “She brought her client by the next day, and the house sold immediately.” 

Margaret moved to Tallgrass Creek six weeks later. She utilized the services of C & C Relocation, a local moving company recommended by Baxter. She also worked with Linda Scardino, another recommended service provider, who tailored a downsizing and move plan for Margaret. 

“Linda helped place furniture in my new apartment and organize my kitchen prior to the move,” Margaret says from her spacious two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath, Keswick-style apartment. “It saved a lot of time and trouble.” 

Kansas City involvement 

Margaret, a native of Kansas City, Mo., has been active both professionally and personally in the community. After attending the University of Colorado, where she earned chemistry and mathematics degrees, she raised five children in Kansas City. She then attended Rockhurst University, also in Kansas City, Mo., earned an M.B.A., and subsequently, managed Rockhurst’s Executive M.B.A. program for ten years.

These days, Margaret is a docent at the John Wornall House, an elegant, Greek Revival-style mansion built in 1858 and one of four remaining Civil War period homes in the area. Wornall was one of the founding fathers of Kansas City. 

“I have volunteered as a docent at the Wornall House for 30 years,” says Margaret. “This area is rich in history, and I enjoy acquainting Kansas Citians and others with it.” 

An alumna and avid tennis player of Southwest High School in Kansas City, Mo., Margaret also edits and publishes a newsletter called The Trailer for fellow alums who graduated between 1926 – 1951. The newsletter  is about 12 pages long and mailed to 400 graduates each quarter. 

“It’s quite an undertaking,” says Margaret. “It keeps my computer skills up to par.”

Tallgrass Creek involvement

With her interest in history, Margaret enjoys Tallgrass Creek’s antiques club, which hosts speakers about vintage furniture, china patterns, and more at its monthly meetings. She is also one of several resident ambassadors at Tallgrass Creek and welcomes visitors invited to different functions, such as the recent “Blues and Barbecue” sponsored by the sales team.

“I particularly enjoy taking visitors on tours of the apartments,” says Margaret. “It’s fun to see their reactions to all the different designs and decorative styles.” 

She always tells visitors about one thing that surprised her when she moved to Tallgrass Creek.

“I was amazed at the total sense of responsibility lifted from my shoulders,” says Margaret. “Dealing with all the obligations of owning a home is very wearing, and not having those responsibilities is very freeing.”