Resident Stories About Our Community | Ventana by Buckner

MEMBER STORIES

Everything at Ventana has been designed and curated with one goal in mind – to inspire happiness. Members are celebrating a vision realized, sharing the joy of a positive new future and creating their own personal high-rise life. But don’t take our word for it.

Buckner’s High-Rise Life Could Be You

DARRELL & JEAN ARNOLD. Deeply Rooted.

HER STORY

Jean’s grandmother was among the first orphans to receive care at the Buckner Orphans Home. She attended Buckner schools, and was married by Father Buckner. Jean grew up in Dallas, attending Woodrow High School and North Texas University, where she earned a degree in elementary education and met the man she would soon marry.

HIS STORY

Darrell was in the Air Force ROTC in college. He also flew in the Air Force and Texas Air National Guard before joining Georgia Pacific, where he worked for the next 20 years. In 1985 he struck out on his own, founding the building materials business where both of their children now work.

WORDS TO LIVE BY

Darrell: Psalm 19:14, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Jean: Phillippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

PASTIMES

Darrell is an avid hunter, partial to quail and dove. He also still spends two days a week in the office. Jean enjoys suspense novels, and getting together with her girlfriends.

VIEWS ON VENTANA

“The location is perfect. We can’t wait to see our view.”

IRMGARD ARTHUR. All Business.

HER STORY

Born and raised in Munich, Germany, Irmgard married a US Air Force pilot and lived in locations from Washington, D.C. to Oahu before settling in Dallas and commencing her career.

CAREER

Her occupation — and preoccupation — for the past 34 years has been real estate. Irmgard began selling homes in 1981, quickly became a top producer in the Greater Dallas area and has no plans to slow down any time soon.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Smartphone. Tablet. Laptop. Desktop computers —“I ask my clients on day one if they prefer to communicate by text, email or voice.”

FOR OTHERS

Mental Health — she donates extensively and volunteers regularly to assist families in crisis.

POINTS OF PRIDE

Maintaining her status as a Pinnacle Producer; succeeding as a single mother.

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

Mozart’s Sonata No. 11 in A Major.

WORDS TO LIVE BY

“You never get a second chance at a first impression.”

VIEWS ON VENTANA

“It’s going to be a great home office — I can’t wait to move in and get to work.”

CHARLES & VERNIL MITCHELL. Partners in Healing.

CAREERS

He’s a board-certified orthopedic surgeon; she’s a retired nurse.

FAMILY HISTORY

Charles was one of nine children educated in a Rosenwald School in Texarkana, where his father taught. All nine went on to receive degrees and certifications. Vernil is the oldest of 12 children. Her father was a sharecropper in Arkansas. She attended the University of North Texas and went on to obtain certification at the College of Nursing in 1961, the year she and Charles were married.

LIFE ADVENTURES

They have traveled extensively throughout Asia, Australia and both Eastern and Western Europe. Panama is next on their wish list.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Charles ran a M.A.S.H. Unit and evacuation center during the Vietnam War, visiting with Vernil in Hawaii during his R&R breaks.

ROLE MODELS

Vernil’s aunt, who raised her, urged her to seek an education and travel the world. Charles was inspired by the mentorship of his professors at Howard University and during his internship in Montreal.

FUTURE GOALS

“Just having time alone together is what we look forward to most in the years ahead.”

VIEWS ON VENTANA

“Outstanding healthcare. As medical professionals, that’s what impressed us both right away about Ventana.”

ANNIE BITSY KIRK. Worldwide Traveler.

CAREERS

After 15 years as a legal secretary, she became licensed as a realtor — ultimately advancing to the top 4% of producers in the region. Retired “at the top” after 25 years.

PASSION

Travel. Serious travel. She has visited more than 50 countries on five continents and purchases a special keepsake at every destination. “If you’re not a real traveler, get the heck off my plane.”

FOR OTHERS

Six of her trips have been devoted to 2-week volunteering sessions at orphanages in Romania, Ukraine, Ethiopia and Peru. “I think it’s selfish on my part. I have no grandchildren, so it’s how I get to spend time with babies.”

PRIDE & JOY

Her son and daughter-in-law, who live in Las Colinas. She speaks with him daily and sees them every Sunday. He is his mother’s best friend and proudest accomplishment.

VIEWS ON VENTANA

“When I was asked to fill out their survey, I didn’t think they’d really make something this top tier, because no other community has. After one look at the plans, I was sold.”

SCOTT & NANCY MORGAN. Simply Inseparable.

THEIR STORY

They were introduced by Nancy’s sister, who thought two single, widowed parents might find they had something in common. Twenty-four years later, they remain inseparable.

PASTIMES

He’s an avid golfer. She’s a former aerobic dance instructor and full-time fitness enthusiast who works out five times a week.

FOR OTHERS

They serve together as Greeters at their church Sunday mornings, and each volunteer at Baylor Medical Center Dallas.

POINTS OF PRIDE

Their five children, who became one family after they met. All live nearby, which is especially important now that there are three grandchildren in the fold.

FAVORITE FILM

Somewhere In Time (1980) with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.

VIEWS ON VENTANA

”We’re really looking forward to a whole new lifestyle!”

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