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Eagle’s Trace celebrates twelfth anniversary

Residents and staff celebrate a dozen years of memories

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January 4th, 2018
Eagle’s Trace residents (from left) Catherine Pollard, Gail Holter, Donna Schlitt, and Betty Whiteside, celebrated the community’s twelfth anniversary with a champagne toast.

Eagle’s Trace residents (from left) Catherine Pollard, Gail Holter, Donna Schlitt, and Betty Whiteside, celebrated the community’s twelfth anniversary with a champagne toast.


It’s been 12 years since Eagle’s Trace, the Erickson Living community in West Houston, opened its doors. Residents and staff celebrated the anniversary with a champagne toast and cake.

“Moving here was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” says Betty Workman, a pioneer resident who moved to Eagle’s Trace when it opened in the fall of 2005.

Other pioneers echoed Betty’s sentiment, recalling the journey that led them to the West Houston community.

Karen Camerino and her husband Pat received a catalog in the mail advertising the community before it was even built.

“We made the decision to move to Eagle’s Trace based on the information in the catalog,” says Karen. “We’ve been happy here ever since.”

Bob and Gail Holter also chose Eagle’s Trace before it was completed. They visited the temporary sales center on Highway 6 while the community was still under construction.

“We decided this was the place for us during our first visit to the sales trailer,” says Bob. “It’s provided a great lifestyle for us, and we’ve made many deep and lasting friendships over the past 12 years.”

Small-town charm

Located on 72 acres with walking paths, gardens, and a lake, Eagle’s Trace is home to more than 825 community members. It offers the full continuum of care right on campus, so residents have the assurance that advanced care, should they need it, is available in a setting that’s trusted, convenient, and familiar.

“Eagle’s Trace has all the amenities of a small town,” says Sales Director Pam Burgeson. “We have our own restaurants, bank, salon, fitness center, swimming pool, medical center, pharmacy, woodshop, library, and convenience store. It’s all here, just steps from residents’ apartments.”

With 124 resident-run clubs and activities, Eagle’s Trace neighbors can be as active as they like. 

“We moved to Eagle’s Trace in 2006, a year after it opened,” says Joyce Jackson, who attended the twelfth anniversary celebration with her husband David. “Over the years, we’ve seen residents use their time and talents to benefit the community.”

David, a skilled pianist, says one of his first memories of Eagle’s Trace is seeing the piano in the Audubon Clubhouse. From that moment, David has frequently played for fellow residents as they gather for dinner.

“What makes it fun is having people to play for, especially people who know the same songs I do,” says David.

Ripple effect

As community members look back over 12 years of vibrant living, many observe the ripple effect as they saw friends choosing Eagle’s Trace.

“My wife Nancy and I visited a number of retirement communities before we chose Eagle’s Trace,” says John Bowser, a retired superintendent for the Alief Independent School District. “Across the board, Eagle’s Trace was number one in every category.”

Barney Federwisch and his wife Rose moved to Eagle’s Trace in 2015, in part because of their friendship with the Bowsers.

“Rose visited Nancy at Eagle’s Trace and came home and said, ‘That’s where we’re going,’” says Barney. “Since we moved, we’ve found that residents become as close to you as family.”

Even staff members have their own stories of personal connections that led them to Eagle’s Trace.

“After I was offered a job at Eagle’s Trace, I talked with Pat and Karen Camerino,” says Shirley Glueck, the community’s director of finance. “We attended the same church, and I knew they lived at Eagle’s Trace. They had wonderful things to say about the community, so that gave me the assurance I was going to work for a great company.”