In a home near downtown Elizabethtown, Marlin Carroll illustrates the passing of seasons with a department-store-window approach to decorating — and passersby have noticed.
The 81-year-old has lived in her home 52 years and in 1985 decided to do some redecorating. The front of her house used to be a wide open porch, and she extended the living room and added a bay window.
“I stood back and looked at that window and thought, ‘I’ve got to put something in there because it looks too big and vacant,’” she said.
Farming is a foundation for what Pem Buck teaches in her anthropology class at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.
Though her class is not specifically about farming, Buck said, anthropology is about understanding how social structures work. Producing food is one of the basic foundations for that, so how a society organizes itself to produce food is important to the subject.
Producing food is among Buck’s personal background as is experiencing other cultures.
After teaching at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School for 28 years, Debbie McQueary retired in 2005 and joined a homemakers club. This involvement led her to be inducted as the current Hardin County Homemakers president.
“Debbie is one of the nicest, most genuine and talented people I have ever met,” Hardin County Extension agent Teran Ransom said. “Her attention to detail and sense of community will enable her to make a great (president).”
Jennifer Murphy moved to Elizabethtown five years ago when many military families moved to the area from Fort Hood, Texas.
But the 32-year-old has nothing to do with the military — Murphy followed friends moving to Fort Knox.
“I was looking for a change and they were moving up here to Fort Knox so I thought, ‘Hey, I guess I’ll just go there,’” Murphy said.
After living in big cities, she appreciated going to the grocery and seeing someone she knows. She came to like the small-city atmosphere.
A lot of what shaped Holly Harris VonLuehrte, 36, growing up in Hardin County, she said, was the result of being around a lot of strong, opinionated women.
VonLuehrte, who was born in Elizabethtown, serves in Frankfort as the first chief of staff of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
While she credits both parents for providing support and encouragement, VonLuehrte was influenced particularly by her mother and her mother’s friends. Those strong women continue to be a source of inspiration, she said.
At 83, Chieko Davis keeps busy with a variety of talents and interests.
Davis’ friend Janet Gebler calls her a renaissance woman.
“Chieko has become extremely accomplished in art, music, gardening and cooking,” Gebler said. “But what is most impressive about Chieko is that in spite of all her accomplishments she is a genuinely shy and humble person.”