CUMBERLAND — Af-ter 36 years of serving residents at William Booth Tower, now known as the Mountain View Apartments, Connie Weaver is retiring from the So-merville Avenue senior housing facility effective Dec. 31.
“I think it’s time,” said Weaver.
A 1954 graduate of Allegany High School, Weaver, the director of residential services, began volunteering at the facility in 1977 when Booth Tower was owned by the Salvation Army.
She was hired the next year and her long journey of serving the residents began.
“My story is really with the Salvation Army,” said Weaver. “ I was hired by Capt. Lois Semler.”
The Salvation Army owned and operated the 114-unit facility under the name William Booth Tower until 2010, when it was purchased by the Hampstead Company of California.
“It needed restored and the Salvation Army didn’t have the money to do it,” said Weaver.
Weaver, 78, feels that the time is right to retire.
“I plan to spend time with family. I enjoy reading and traveling. I can’t sit still long,” she said.
Designed to house HUD-subsidized seniors, Hampstead changed the name from Booth Tower to the Mountain View Apartments.
“I’ve had the priviledge of working with her for two and a half years,” said Michelle Twigg, a member of the Mountain View staff.
“She has a strong hand and a huge heart,” said Twigg.
After high school, Weaver, whose husband Ellis was in the U.S. Air Force, spent more than 20 years traveling, including living on Vancouver Island in Canada for a few years.
She has four children and several grandchildren. He daughter Jeannie Wilson also works at the Mountain View Apartments.
“She has been a huge asset to the company. The residents will miss her,” said Wilson.
Weaver said her philosophy has been simple.
“I try to help people who need help,” she said.
Weaver said she has grown close to many of the residents.
“I’m going to miss her smile everyday,” said Larry Mattingly, a resident.
However, Weaver has no plans to slow down.
“I bought my first house at 74,” she said.
Weaver said she will still visit and plans to continue to teach ceramics to the residents.
Mountain View officials are planning a retirement party for Weaver on Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. and would like to invite all of Weaver’s friends and family members. Refreshements and light foods will be provided.
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