Some retirees long for the luxurious amenities and numerous clubs of a 55+ active adult community, but also want both the culture of cities and the natural beauty of rural areas. Marsha and James Cuddington seem to have found it all at On Top of the World in Ocala, Florida. Marsha especially loves its fully-equipped wood shop. Outside the community are great parks, hiking/biking trails and hundreds of thoroughbred horse farms. Ocala is also home to a museum of art, a theater, a ballet company and its own symphony orchestra. Find out more about living in Ocala, Florida, on Episode 90 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.
Marsha Cuddington was born and raised in North Carolina. She has an MBA and was employed in the Manufacturing Supply Chain for over 40 years with GE, Cummins, and other companies. She spent her last 20 years working years as SC Director in the Automotive industry. Marsha just retired at year-end of 2021, like me! And I also worked for GE! Cool! Her interests include woodworking (mostly building furniture from dumpster scraps), poker, and reading.
James Cuddington was also born and raised in North Carolina. He has a bachelor’s degree and was a high school English teacher for 28 years in North Carolina and Virginia. He left teaching over 20 years ago. In his spare time, Jim follows UNC basketball and football, and enjoys photography, and reading.
Marsha explains that they are both military kids, so they’re accustomed to moving. The couple is presently in the 7th state in 45 years, having lived in some of the others 2 or 3 times. She adds, “Not feeling deep "roots" in any one location probably made us more flexible about relocating in retirement.”