Mildred Dowling, or “Millie” as many residents and staff at Fulton Presbyterian Manor call her, tells a story about why she chose to live here. Millie explains that her father, Judge Oscar A. Kamp, also called Assisted Living at Presbyterian Manor his home.
Millie lived in Montgomery City, Mo., from the time she was two years old until she moved to Presbyterian Manor. She worked as a teacher in Bellflower, then went to Wellsville to work as a teacher. That is when she married Kerry Dowling. Millie’s last year of teaching was at Montgomery City, where Kerry was on the school board. Kerry was a car salesman, and they built four different houses during their time together.
Millie said her parents came to the grand opening of Fulton Presbyterian Manor and they said then that if they ever needed a place to go, they would come here. Unfortunately, Judge Kamp’s wife passed shortly after that decision. Judge Kamp had been a prosecuting attorney in Montgomery City for 20 years and a magistrate judge for 32 years. He retired after 52 years in the law. He was acquainted with the Callaway magistrate judge, and after his retirement, he would travel to Callaway to fill in while that judge was on vacation. Judge Kamp was subject to mandatory retirement at the age of 80.
Judge Kamp had been getting along fine in his own home while he was still able to work. One day he came to Millie and said, “I am going to move over to Fulton Presbyterian Manor.” Millie replied, “Oh, you are not ready for that yet!” Her father’s response was, “Look, this is not a typical nursing home.”
Judge Kamp and Millie came over, and he moved to Room 11 at the end of the south hall. Judge Kamp enjoyed his time at Fulton Presbyterian Manor immensely. He liked to take his chair out onto the landing and sit watching traffic go by.
Millie said that her father’s experience here is what made her want to move here, too. The fact that her son Jim, a lawyer, is nearby is a bonus. He stops by to see her for 5–10 minutes almost every morning before going to work. He also takes her to eat at the country club at least once a month.
Millie is active in the Lunch Bunch at the Presbyterian Church next door. She also participates in many activities here at the Manor. We are honored to have hosted two generations of the same family at Fulton Presbyterian Manor.