Des Moines, WA (PRWEB) September 13, 2013
Wesley Homes Lea Hill resident Millard T. Battles received recognition for his time and service to the Kent community at the annual Kent Old Timers Greater Kent Community Reunion.
Since moving to Kent, WA, from Indiana, Millard has been an integral part of the Kent community. He came to Washington to work for Boeing with every intention of moving back to Indiana. After three months of rain, Millard was able to see "The Mountain" [Mt. Rainier] on a sunny day. He never looked back.
The Battles family moved to Kent in 1960 and became one of the early owners in Park Orchard, the first development on East Hill. So began a community relationship with Kent that would last for the next 50 years.
“My problem is that I get into more than I can handle,” laughed Millard. “Really, our [with wife Martha] dedication in life is to do work within and outside of organizations. We enjoy being involved. There are a lot of places that need help.”
When Millard and Martha were married in 2009, they thought they would reduce their activities. Instead, they kept their individual activities and added more.
Millard has been and continues to be active in numerous educational and career leadership positions. He supported and helped build many schools throughout the district.
This is a full and vibrant legacy to Kent, but Millard has another gift to Kent: his five children, 11 grandchildren and great granddaughter who also call Kent home. “My kids are equally involved in church and community programs,” said Millard. By his admirable example, Millard passes down the importance of family, love of community and service to others.
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This is the 24th year that a committee of Kent residents has selected people to honor.
Established in 1944 and affiliated with the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church, Wesley Homes operates two retirement communities and a home health agency. Wesley Homes Des Moines is a continuing care retirement community offering cottage homes, apartments, assisted living and skilled nursing. Wesley Homes Lea Hill in Auburn offers village homes, apartments, assisted living and memory care. Wesley Homes Community Health Services provides home health services to clients throughout the Puget Sound region.
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