MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Saturday afternoon, the very last resident at the Woman's Home in Marietta, moved out of the house.
95 year-old Betty Rhodes was the last resident to move out of the more than 130 year-old facility. She packed up the last of her things Saturday.
The organization announced last June that they would close their doors in 2018. It said it would stay open until all of its current residents and their families made other arrangements to live.
The board president Mary Antons said the Woman's Home is very fortunate to have been open for 130 plus years, and that the board is very sad to see it close. She said it was strictly a business decision.
Nancy Matheney is the daughter of Rhodes. She says, "I never dreamt that my mother would be the last one living here. The staff the nursing and the aids and the cooks were just wonderful. They maintained the facility even when it was down to just four ladies they maintained the integrity of the facility. My mother betty is moving out to Brookdale and will live there as long as she can"
In 1885 a group of community-driven women realized the need for a special kind of retirement home for women who no longer wished to live alone. They organized the woman's home to provide a non-institutional atmosphere with pleasant home-like surroundings on quiet attractive grounds.