In upcoming issues of the Hot Springs Star, we are inviting Hot Springs High School honors students to write a short biographical piece about a resident at Pine Hills Retirement Community. This project will give our high schoolers a chance to gain experience in publications and tell stories about the elders in our community. It will be a way for the young generation to connect with more seasoned generations. The first entry was written by Star staff as a preview for this short series.
Nancy Cuckler was born and raised in Bunkie, Louisiana in 1925. Her father owned a bee farm, and her mother was a homemaker. Their income came partially from selling honey—a sign advertised their honey on the highway and travellers would stop to purchase it. Nancy’s mother would use some of that honey in her recipes, as well.
When Nancy got older, she enrolled in nursing school. However, before she began her occupation as a nurse, Nancy met her husband and fell in love. She had three children and decided to look after them. Nancy still used her nursing knowledge while raising her three children.
Nancy and her family lived a very adventurous life. Her husband served all over the world in the military. With their three children, they traveled to many different countries and locations around the United States. “My children had a very well-rounded education,” she recalled. They learned Japanese, French and German during their stay overseas. Despite moving about once per year, her children were straight-A students.
Nancy is thankful to be living in one place now. Like many of us, Nancy appreciates the people and the climate of Hot Springs, and she now considers it home. She says that she has only seen one sunset more beautiful than the one in Hot Springs, and that was from the island of Okinawa, Japan.