Margaret Hollister has had a storied life. She was born in New York City in 1917 and grew up in China, the eldest of five children of Presbyterian missionaries. As an adult, she worked as a social worker in Washington DC, retiring in her mid 80’s. Margaret published Inheriting China, a memoir about her life and experiences in China. Her family’s papers are stored in the Library of Congress. Margaret was recently featured in We The Resilient, published by Luminare Press. The book featured a compilation of submissions to the website, iwaited96years.com by women born before 1920 (when the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote), on the advent of the first female major party candidate for President of the United States. Margaret speaks Mandarin Chinese, has two sons, three grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She joined the Green Hill family in January 2017 to be closer to her son Paul who lives in Maplewood, NJ.
“I have to be honest I looked at ten other places before I decided to move to Green Hill,” said Ms. Hollister. “Green Hill presented another way of living for seniors. They don’t ask people to be other than they are, we are respected and the staff is incredibly friendly and responsive. I am looking for what I want to do next and they are going to provide me with the opportunity to do it.”
Margaret recently joined forces with Judy Wittler, Assistant Executive Director, to launch a “Senior Service Club” to focus on volunteerism at Green Hill and our surrounding community. Margaret stated, “It’s very important for all of us, no matter our age, to give back and serve others, which in the end is good for all.”