AYER — Nashoba Park residents Barbara Johnson and Anita Forest were recently presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards from the assisted living community the two sisters-in-law call home. Family, friends, residents and staff gathered to celebrate their incredible talents and beautiful friendship.
Johnson grew up in Fitchburg and started a career out of high school at Foster Grant, the now-international eyewear company started in Leominster by Sam Foster in the early 20th century. Throughout her career, Johnson also truly shined in the creative sphere as a musician, performing in front of crowds and sharing the music that brings joy to her and others. She also uses her creative talents with needlepoint, crochet and macramé to produce wonderful gifts for her beloved nieces and nephews.
Johnson has found a wonderful community of friends at Nashoba Park, including a special bond with her sister-in-law.
Born and raised in Leominster, Anita Forest attended St. Bernard’s High School, where she met Johnson as well as her future husband, Bob. The couple wed in 1953 and raised three sons together in Lunenburg. While raising her family, Johnson immersed herself in gardening and grew arrangements that became the highlight of her neighborhood, while the couple together became known for their holiday get-togethers for family and friends. Johnson has six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and she continues to pursue her hobbies at Nashoba Park, often participating in flower arrangement workshops.
Both women are grateful to be able to continue their decades-long friendship as members of the Nashoba Park community, where they have both continued to do what they love while staying engaged with their peers, families, friends, and staff.
(Courtesy Nashoba Park Assisted Living Community)