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MOWSF senior Paulette

Meet Paulette: Pretty in Pink

Posted July 17, 2014

MOWSF Blog | Senior Stories


Paulette and her son-in-law celebrating the memory of her late daughter, who passed away two years ago.

MOWSF senior Paulette, who will turn 70 this fall, has prettied her small room at a San Francisco residential hotel in pink. There are pink sparkles in the rugs, pink curtains on the windows and a pink blanket on her bed. Paulette has lived here for two years. She likes that she has a private bathroom, a large closet and three windows that look down onto a busy San Francisco street. “We each get a window,” she says, referring to herself and her two cats Poppy and Baby Girl.

Since Paulette’s daughter passed away two years ago, her cats have offered her much-needed comfort. Her daughter was only 37 years old and Paulette’s only family. “It’s been very hard,” she says. “You aren’t supposed to outlive your child.”

Born and raised in a foster home in Minnesota, Paulette came to California when she was 18 years old. Over the years she lived in a few other places, including Seattle and Reno, but always came back. “This is my home,” she says.

2014_Paulette-9Paulette has diabetes and other health problems. She was recommended to MOWSF and began receiving meals in March. Two months ago, after Paulette was hospitalized from a fall in her bathroom, her MOWSF social worker got her a special toilet seat with handles.

And she says she’s very appreciative of her meal delivery driver. When the elevator broke down earlier in the week, he walked up the stairs to the sixth floor to make sure she got her meals. “Every day I always say, ‘thank you,’ and he says ‘you’re welcome’,” she says.