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A nurse’s long journey

In 1952, I graduated from Johnston-Willis School of Nursing in Richmond. Previously, I had met a patient from Gloucester. Her daughter, Marguerite Smith, invited me to visit her and her family in the summer of 1953.

Lucy Soles

Dr. Edward Mowry’s office was under construction at that time. On a whim, I stopped by, introduced myself, and was hired. I moved to Achilles and began working for Dr. Mowry in September 1953.

In 1957 I married George Soles and our daughter was born in 1959. After Dr. Mowry’s death in May 1958, I worked for Dr. Kraler and Drs. Raymond and William Brown. In 1965 I accepted a position in the Health Department and retired in 1991.

During this journey, I have met many interesting people and have been blessed with great friends. I consider Gloucester my home. Even though I have lived here 67 years, I am still considered a “come here.”

Lucy R. Soles

Gloucester, Va.

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