Kensington Park welcomes Highlands Resident Nora G. from literally, across the street! Our neighbor is now our resident!
Nora and her late husband, Jack, have been long-time residents of the Town of Kensington. They have had more than 60 years in both residential and business areas of Kensington!
Born in Lenoir, NC, Nora was the seventh of eight children. Nora says her mother was tough but very loving. She ran a tight ship – raising eight children, keeping a tidy household, managing a vegetable farm, and being a wife to her husband, a lumber salesman.
Nora continued her education at Wingate College in Monroe, NC, where she completed a two-year business program. One afternoon, when at the college, the local bank was robbed! It was big news and the small town filled with FBI agents assigned to the case. Nora and her girlfriend were fascinated by the agents, and asked if they could get jobs working with the FBI. After passing background checks, the two young ladies were on a train to Washington, DC. They were living in a boarding house, arranged by the FBI. Nora began working for the federal government, and then married her husband Jack in 1952. She knew after the first date that he was a “good guy.”
The family then moved to Kensington in 1952 where they raised their three children: Charlie, Patty, and Ken. After the children entered school, Nora returned to work holding various part-time positions, including a tax preparer at her husband’s CPA firm. She later began working full-time at Marriott Corporation headquarters in Bethesda, MD, where she worked for several years in Corporate Relations before retiring.
Nora and Jack were married for 63 years. They enjoyed traveling together, and took numerous car trips around the U.S. and Canada. Travel was always by car, as Jack was a pilot in the Navy, and once he was discharged, he never wanted to fly again!
Nora and Jack enjoyed a very active social life, were involved in the community and Rotary Club, and had many friends. Jack passed away in 2015.
Nora remains an active member of the Kensington Historical Society. She likes to be around others and is looking forward to the variety of people and activities at Kensington Park, especially after COVID.
We are so delighted that Nora “stayed in the neighborhood” and is now a part of our Kensington Park family!