“An Answer To A Prayer”
Sibyle Dulin has been a part of Scotia Village since before there was a Scotia Village. Her husband, W. R. “Bob” Dulin, was one of the driving forces behind the founding of our community. In fact, you’ve probably seen his name on our W.R. Dulin Health Center.
Bob Dulin’s parents were residents of Presbyterian Homes first retirement community in High Point, and he was so impressed by it that he wanted something similar in Laurinburg. He and others in the community, including Sibyle, tried to educate people about just what a continuing care retirement community was. She remembers going to speak at church and civic groups. “It was a hard sell thirty years ago because people didn’t know what we were talking about. They thought it was a regular old rest home,” she says.
In the end, of course, they were successful and Scotia Village came to be, opening its doors to residents in 1988. Sibyle was there at the beginning. “I can remember when I came out here to see the site, and they had poured the concrete for the main building,” she recalls. “It was so long that I thought I was looking at an airport landing strip.”
The work they did to bring a continuing care retirement community to the area was just one of many ways Bob and Sibyle helped the people of Scotland County since coming here in 1960. Bob was a member of the Scotland Health Care System Board of Trustees for nearly two decades, and they annually award the W.R. Dulin Memorial Scholarship in his memory. He was also honored with the naming of W. R. Dulin Conference Center, located in the Scotland Memorial Hospital’s Rehab Center.
Sibyle was very active in the community as well, serving on the Hospital board and being involved with the Scotland Regional Hospice. “Our church sponsored a hospice here in Scotland County, and they asked for volunteers to help get it going,” she says. “So, I got on the hospice board, and then I became a hospice volunteer. I was on the Scotland Memorial Foundation Board for eighteen years and on the Hospice Board for nineteen years.”
That desire to help out was something she and her husband shared. “We both grew up believing you should give back to your community,” she says.
Her husband, sadly, never got the chance to live here. He developed cancer and passed away before they could move in. In 1999, ten months after his passing, Sibyle moved into one of the first homes in Scotia Village, where she lived for fourteen years before moving into a Scotia Village apartment.
For Sibyle, life at Scotia Village has been a joy. She has served on the Resident’s Board and has been the Hospitality Chairman. She volunteers, working in the gift shop two mornings a week. She takes lifelong learning courses and attends lectures and concerts. She’s been able to stay healthy by engaging in water aerobics and tai chi, and has fun playing bridge, euchre and mah jongg. “I have a very full life. I stay very busy,” she says with a laugh.
That life at Scotia Village is so active was a surprise to her. “I know that when I first came, I thought, ‘Oh, this will be a place where I’m taken good care of.’ I didn’t realize that I was also going to be entertained and educated and given the opportunity to volunteer in lots of ways. That only enriches our lives here more. Coming here is not just retiring and stopping everything. It’s a new way of life, and even adds new and interesting things to your life.”
She also considers living here to be a gift to her three sons, one of whom is a Scotia Village “Resident of the Future.” “They don’t have to worry about me at all,” she says. And there is great satisfaction in knowing that Scotia Village has become what her husband hoped it would be. “It was my husband’s dream to bring what his parents had to this area,” she says. “Having that happen was an answer to a prayer.”
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