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Residents Carl and Mary Lou Osburn’s Desire to Trade Home Chores for Activities with Friends Moved Them to The Fountains

All your life, you’ve benefited from being in the right place at the right time. So why stop now?

“We wanted to move before we became incapacitated, before we got too old you know.” – Carl and Mary Lou Osburn, residents of The Fountains at Canterbury

You can learn a lot from someone who has been in your shoes. Their honest insight can help you navigate your way to the place that’s right for you, regardless of which community you choose. (All quotes contained in this post are excerpts from an interview conducted with Carl and Mary Lou Osburn on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)

Carl was an engineer and Mary Lou was a chemist when they met at Phillips Petroleum. The Texas natives married, had two children and enjoyed many happy years with the company, living and working in places like England, Italy, India, Germany, Norway, Brazil and Colombia. When Phillips Petroleum was taken over by another company in the ’80s, Carl took early retirement and the couple settled in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. There he pursued his hobby – hand crafting English furniture, while Mary Lou became a gourmet cook. After 25 years, Carl and Mary Lou were eager to start their next chapter, closer to their daughter in Norman.

When it comes to planning your best future, procrastination definitely does not pay. On the other hand, researching all your options does. Thanks to their thorough research on retirement communities in and around Norman and Oklahoma City, Carl and Mary Lou Osburn were ready move to The Fountains at Canterbury precisely when a rare vacancy emerged on their first choice of residences. They were ready for a new life at just the right time. “I was tired of cooking,” explains Mary Lou. Carl was seeking refuge from responsibilities of owning a home. “We had a big house there in Bartlesville and it was getting to be quite a chore, you know, keeping up with all that. We had it for 25 years and it was requiring more and more maintenance, you know, more yard work and all of that,” Carl said.

Carl describes their decision making process: “In the 1990s, we were involved pretty much, you know, in our activities but then a few years later Mary Lou got tired of cooking and I had made about all the sawdust I could make. I had made all the furniture to fill our house and our daughter’s and son’s. And also like Mary Lou said we’re getting older. So we decided, ‘Well, maybe we better start looking around,’ which we did.”
The Osburn’s wanted to live comfortably, free of responsibilities with easy access to an active lifestyle and with care available if needed. They looked several places before choosing The Fountains.

Moving to The Fountains in October of 2013 was a lot like striking oil for Carl and Mary Lou. They continue to take full advantage of the seemingly endless resources and programs. For example, they enjoy playing Bridge and other card games, having a glass of wine with neighbors before dinner, walks around the lake, water aerobics, group outings, dances and theme dinners. Everything is easy and their children don’t have to worry about a thing. “We belonged to a country club [in Bartlesville] and they had dances there but it’s more convenient here. All you have to do is go downstairs.” – Mary Lou Osburn



Meet Carl and Mary Lou in person over a cup of gourmet coffee or a drink in our dining room. Just call 1-405-381-8165 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.

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