Paula and Marshall stay very busy in Summerfield and beyond
Marshall and Paula Henry moved to Summerfield four years ago and wasted no time in getting involved in a variety of activities.
"If we were to summarize our lives, it would be to 'get involved and stay involved,'" Marshall said.
Born and raised on the East Coast, they moved to Summerfield when their son and his wife in Hillsboro were expecting their first baby; previously, the Henrys had visited their son and daughter-in-law once a year, and in July 2008, their son's real estate broker had a Summerfield listing, which piqued their interest in living here.
In August 2009, real estate broker Ken Miller "showed us around Summerfield," Marshall said. "We came and looked at a house, loved it and celebrated at Shari's."
Once here, they dove into local activities and organizations: for example, they joined the nearby Southwest Church of Christ, where Marshall drives a bus for its teen programs, Paula teaches 2-year-olds and helped with Vacation Bible School, and they both do custodial landscaping.
"We moved into our house on a Thursday and read in the Summerfield newsletter that dance lessons were starting the next Tuesday," Paula said. They joined the dance club, and Paula became the treasurer in January 2010; in 2011, they took over organizing the dances throughout the year.
Paula also is a member of the Summerfield Common Area Landscape Committee, and Marshall has been on the Tigard Parks & Recreation Commission since 2011 and is the chairman of the Summerfield Pool Committee.
Paula and Marshall weren't born in the same city, but they met quite early in their lives: Paula was born and raised in Rochester, N.Y., and in the sixth grade, "I received an award, 'Most Likely to Succeed,'" she said. "Marsh was in the auditorium, and he remembered me wearing a dark turquoise and light turquoise plaid chemise."
Marshall was born two months before Paula in 1946 in Kenmore outside Buffalo, N.Y., and started first grade in January, a month before turning 6 years old.
"We moved to Rochester that August, and I got to start first grade all over again!" he said. "I was pretty bored as my older brother had taught me to read and write sentences at age 4 using Dell Comics!"
His interest in gardening started early, as his parents enjoyed it, and his grandfather was superintendent of parks in Spokane.
Meanwhile, Paula enjoyed a wholesome childhood - she played the clarinet in the elementary school band, was in Girl Scouts, "helped" her grandfather process raw milk he collected from dairy farmers and spent lots of time in the nearby Adirondacks, where her family sited a mobile home on property they owned on a hill above Sacandaga Lake.
In high school, she was again in the band, performed in a hand-bell choir in church, and did synchronized swimming. "I loved our swimming show with the colored lights, costumes and music," she said. "But it was hard to be synchronized when my vision was so bad, and I couldn't wear glasses in the water."
Meanwhile, Marshall inherited his older brother's paper route, which was about three miles long and averaged 55 to 68 customers, but Marshall solicited 65 new ones in the next 1 ½ years.
"These were the glory days of the Gannett Newspaper Empire, which started in Rochester," Marshall said. "Gannett awarded me a $3,000 scholarship, which allowed me the privilege of attending Hamilton College, a private men-only college of 1,600 students, rather than one of the state universities.
"I learned terrific life lessons delivering papers - about customer service, helping others and managing a small business. Several customers also hired me for gardening and fix-up jobs."
Marshall became a gymnast during high school, joined the National Honor Society his junior year and also took piano lessons for 11 years, maybe inheriting the piano gene from his dad (not to mention a sense of humor), who was a very good pianist.
"He was the church organist for three years and mortified my mother one Sunday when he played a 'Bach-erized' version of 'My Gal Sal' for the prelude," Marshall said. "We guess Mom was the only one to catch on, because he got several compliments about how spirited the music was that day!"
Marshall and Paula both graduated from Greece Olympia High School, and Paula explained, "As a young person, you want to be far away from your parents, so I attended University of Connecticut. I was in their marching band and did synchronized swimming."
Hamilton College, where Marshall was in school, was about four hours way from Paula, but that didn't stop them from dating: "I would commute from UConn to Clinton, N.Y., several times a school year to visit Marshall at Hamilton College," Paula said.
They were married July 20, 1968, one year before she finished the five-year pharmacy school program at UConn and after Marshall graduated with degrees in chemistry and German.
"When I returned to college it was strange being there living in a dorm," she said. "That was the beginning of when men were allowed upstairs in the women's dorms for several hours during the weekends. I would travel every weekend to see my husband, but when I returned on Sunday, I wanted a shower and to crash in my room. I wasn't used to having men roam the halls when I walked down the hall in a bathrobe for my shower!"
Instead of attending her college graduation ceremony, Paula camped at Allegheny State Park with Marshall because he had to leave for basic training the day she was to graduate.
"Marshall thought by enlisting in the National Guard, he would be through with basic training by the time I graduated," Paula said. "Wrong! My fifth year in college was long enough to be away from my husband. But Marshall was away from June 1968 until January 1970, so we were separated for the first 1 ½ years of our marriage but survived! I can only think how hard it must have been for the women who married before WWII being away from their husbands for several years while they fought in the war."
Once Marshall and Paula were finally together, "we lived in Geneva, N.Y., for several years," Paula said. "Marshall first worked at PSI in Geneva. Then after a year, he was able to be employed by Kodak in Rochester."
Marshall, who worked at Eastman Kodak Co. from 1969 until 2004, said, "I was at Kodak for 34 1/2 years as an inside analytical chemist consultant. During my employment, I had several different careers within Kodak. I worked in water treatment, silver recovery, silver nitrate preparation, solvent coating, chemical testing, solvent distilling and recovery, electro photographic chemicals and cellulose acetate film base.
"I also was on the Environmental Board in Greece, N.Y., for 16 years. The board would evaluate applications for land development and study the progression of invasive species around the ponds in our area that were in the flyway of migrating birds."
The Henrys had two children, Rebecca and Craig, and the couple jumped into all their children's activities as they were growing up, which led to many adventures.
"My daughter was learning French, so the Vitré, France-Greece, N.Y., Sister City partnership was a great opportunity for us," Marshall said. "We hosted at different times three French high school girls during the school year for two weeks, two adult French women for two weeks in the summer, and a family of three for two weeks in the summer - all from our sister city, Vitré, France.
"My son studied German, so we had one German boy for a whole school year through Euro-Vacances exchange. The Greece Rotary was looking for host families for Russian dentists, so we hosted three male Russians for two weeks during Easter. Our kitchen was torn up, and we used paper plates and washed dishes in the laundry tub in the basement - 'Just like the Motherland,' they said! The men had our windows open for fresh air in March when the temperature was 40 degrees!"
While the children were growing up, Paula worked for Wegman's, a full-service grocery store in Rochester, for 10 hours a week. "Then my mom needed help with my father, who was ill," she said. "I took a leave of absence to help my mom."
Once the children were grown, Marshall and Paula took dancing lessons from Arthur Murray for 2 ½ years.
"Every week, we had a private lesson, a group lesson, and we could attend one or two parties each week," Paula said. "We participated in a showcase in Ottawa with dancers from various Arthur Murray studios. We performed eight different dances and did a waltz solo at the bronze level and were surprised to win as overall best dancers in the whole showcase. It even shocked our teachers!"
In 1984, Paula auditioned for a Christian singing group called Festival of Praise. "I was selected and spent two weeks traveling to churches in Canada, Minnesota and Iowa," she said.
In addition, Paula's career changed course, and she graduated from Bryant & Stratton College in 1993 with a degree in medical assisting and became certified after passing the state exam.
"I was very active in the medical assisting chapter in Rochester," she said. "I was president for two years, treasurer for five years and secretary for one year. I also attended state seminars and became the state treasurer for four years and Ways & Means chairman for two years. Once I was a representative of New York to our national convention held in Nashville, Tenn."
Paula worked for Dr. Deniz Pirincci of Greece, N.Y., three days a week for 20 years.
"It was the old-style doctor's office with only the doctor and me," Paula said. "I would do everything - answer phones, schedule appointments, get referrals, make patients' charts, bring patients in, do their vitals, EKG and urinalysis when having a physical, and do a heel bone density if asked. I also cleaned the office and received more pay for cleaning than as a medical assistant!"
While living in Greece, a suburb of Rochester, Marshall was the towns animal rescue group's dog coordinator for seven years. During that time the group rescued and placed over 350 dogs that were unclaimed after being picked up by Animal Control.
After retiring from Kodak, Marshall became a certified professional pet sitter for five years and tutored high school students in math and science.
Knowing that their son and daughter-in-law in Hillsboro were having their first baby was the impetus to get the Henrys to move here, and they now have two grandsons, ages 5 and 2, while their daughter lives outside Denver with her husband.
When the Henrys first moved to this area, Marshall was a math tutor at Mathnasium in Beaverton, worked at the Tigard Target store before switching to the Tigard Home Depot in the garden department, and was a bus driver for First Student.
The Henrys run a joint business, House Helpers, with Marshall serving as a "rent a husband" handyman in Summerfield and Paula doing housekeeping.
The Henrys love to travel and have toured the world, enjoying several trips to Europe plus others to Russia, Australia/New Zealand, China, Japan and more.