The most treasured of Maris Grove’s 170 veterans club members are its WWII vets. Each has an interesting story to tell.

Here, three of them share their wartime tales and today’s blessings. 

Joe Ennis

In 1943, Staff Sargeant Joe Ennis was a 20-year-old tail gunner on a B-17 bomber flying out of England with the 95th Bomb Group. 

For 40 years, Peggy Grier, a Wilmington, Del., native, set aside her paints, her brushes, and her life-long passion for art while she raised a family, taught home economics, and later worked at Astra Zeneca.

When she retired, Peggy moved to Chadds Ford, Pa. She also returned to painting and discovered that her skills had never left her. 

snow covered cars

At Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., winter never intrudes on a resident’s carefree lifestyle.

Members stay safe and healthy thanks to a 24/7 security team and an on-site medical center staffed by full-time doctors.

Every evening in her home at Maris Grove, Ruth babiy unwinds by playing the piano

A few months after she moved to Maris Grove from Sarasota, Fla., Ruth Babiy began building her future. 

She’d moved to Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., to be closer to her three children, one in Devon, Pa., one in Cohasset, Ma., and one in Suffolk, Va. But she didn’t intend to live her life through them.

Lily Tang reaches for her small-size wok and steamer

Lily Tang’s gracious demeanor, welcoming personality, and intriguing life story represent the warmth, friendliness, and cosmopolitan ambience that abound at Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa.

Maris Grove resident

Maris Grove resident Carolyn Uhlig says her life unfolds as a series of adventures. Moving to Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., after 46 years in North Wilmington, Del., is her latest.

Carolyn grew up on a South Jersey farm where she drove a tractor at age 8 and a truck at age 14.