Welcome Our New Residents
Mary Ann Kuykendall was born here in Lexington but grew up in both Paris and Lexington. She graduated from Bourbon County High, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University. Mary Ann worked for WKYT for nine years hosting children’s shows such as Windy Wonderful, Mary Antics and The Santa show. It was while working at WKYT that Mary Ann met Jerry. The couple married in 1964. Jerry and Mary Ann have two children, a daughter and a son. After the children were born Mary Ann chose to give up her career at WKTY to raise her children. The couple remained in Lexington and are active members of Antioch Christian Church. Today Jerry owns his own advertising agency, Kuykendall and Co. Mary Ann loves to garden. She has a great love of people and animals and is very sociable.
Bette Thomas was born and raised in Florida, the oldest of three girls. At the age of 19 she married her high school sweet heart, Charles (Chuck) Thomas. Bette attended business school and completed cosmetology school but discovered her hands could not withstand the chemicals used in the salon. Chuck learned the trade of masonry work from his father-in-law and worked as an independent contractor in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The couple have a daughter, Catherine and a son, Charles Jr. Bette enjoyed her life as a homemaker. The couple lived briefly in North Carolina but eventually moved to Irvine, Ky. To be near their daughter attending Morehead State. Chuck was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in his early 40’s and Bette made caring for Chuck her life’s passion. She had published A Caregivers Guide to All Long Term Illness.” Chuck lost his battle with Parkinson after 32 years. He remained very active during most of these years. Today Bette enjoys her ipad tablet, reading Robynn Carr novels, helping others, playing games, and listening to music of yesteryear.