Delores Jorge and Janet Arnold are not sure what their daughters have planned for Mother’s Day on Sunday, but they know it will be special — again. Both are lucky enough to have children living locally.
In 1947, Jorge’s father, Bill Casper, moved the family from Portland to Morro Bay so he could fish with Joe Giannini. Delores married Albert Jorge, a native and Cal Poly graduate, who worked for Caltrans and built commercial properties in Morro Bay before passing away in 2013.
Delores Jorge continues to do the bookkeeping for the family holdings. The couple raised three daughters and a son. Most of her nine grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild moved elsewhere, but one daughter’s family stayed.
That daughter, Dorene, and her husband, David Stover, based their business, Tydix Architectural Door & Cabinet Hardware, in Morro Bay. Their son, Chris (April) Stover, created Stover Tile and Design, also based in Morro Bay.
Recently, 44 family members returned to their Nacimiento Lake vacation home for a reunion.
“It was wonderful watching the grandchildren play together exactly the way their parents did growing up,” Jorge said.
Meanwhile, Janet and Gary Arnold retired in Cayucos after raising their two children in Orange in Southern California.
“Gary worked in the computer industry,” Janet Arnold said. “We met when I worked for the Department of Defense. He was my ticket to California.”
In 1987, they vacationed in Cayucos and bought a home where they retired in 2000. Their daughter Denise, who married Perry Hallmeyer in their home, has worked in restaurants since she was 16 and owns Cafe Della Via in Cayucos.
Arnold’s husband died in 2013.
Recently, Perry Hallmeyer gave up his career as golf pro at La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc to operate a coffee shop, adjacent to his wife’s restaurant.
The businesses will close Mother’s Day, however, so they can spend time with Arnold and their 8-year-old son, Reno Hallmeyer.
Although family continues to be the top priority for both Jorge and Arnold, community involvement fills their active lifestyles. Both joined Estero Bay Women’s Club in 2000 to support the club’s efforts in youth education. Each February, the club hosts a student art show. In September, they purchased backpacks for incoming Del Mar students. In March, members lunched with foreign exchange students to learn first-hand about
education in other cultures. This month, they will honor their scholarship recipients.
And May 14, the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre’s presentation of “The Music Man” will benefit the group. Marilyn Rodgers, president of the women’s club, encourages potential members to consider joining the noon meetings on the third Tuesdays of the month at Morro Bay Veterans Memorial Building. Membership Chairwoman Janet Arnold can provide information or take reservations at 995-0246.