At Plantation Village We Are #AllAboutYou

The strength and beauty of our community, Plantation Village, is represented in part by the stories of the women who reside here. Their achievements are numerous – listen to their stories.


Cecilia Corbett is a Wilmington native who went back to college to pursue a Master’s degree in Interior Design after her children left the house to pursue their own degrees. She ran a successful interior design firm for 17 years, in a time when this involved hours of hand-drawn concepts using a drafting board.

A certified, professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers, Cecelia has four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She has been married for 66 years and can often be seen out walking the miles of campus walking paths.  


R’Lou Ellson is well-known as the volunteer conductor for the Plantation Village Singers. She produces a concert each quarter and manages the selections, the organization, rehearsals, and productions. It is not surprising to learn that R’Lou has a background in administration that included coordinating volunteers for the American Red Cross, an organization she worked with for many years. 

Formerly a top-level executive, R’Lou traveled extensively, responding to disasters, assisting health and safety professionals as well as law enforcement. She felt very fortunate to be in a position that allowed her to help people and make a living at the same time but her job often required long hours, nights and weekends. This is partially why R’Lou decided to retire at 62 to spend more time with her three children, including her daughter, who is the host of WHQR’s Coastline Program.


With a career in healthcare spanning 60 years, Ann Jessup can relate to the challenge of having to work long hours and juggle competing demands. Though she is quick to point out that she was only part-time for some of the years, she reduced her hours to care for her three children.

A licensed nurse with a Master’s in Public Administration, Ann has spent the majority of her life caring for other people. This informed her efforts to start the second Medicare-certified hospice facility in New Jersey, and the first hospice center in Johnston County. Ann’s background includes volunteering as president of the board for the MidAtlantic Oncology Society, the New Jersey Hospice Association, and the Hospice Association of the Carolinas. Ann’s search for a Life Plan Community was informed by years of healthcare experience. She and her husband are North Carolina natives and knew they wanted to “return home.” Ann’s high standards for care and service narrowed the choices. We think their ultimate choice speaks volumes. 

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Lisa Polanski is Marketing Director at Plantation Village, a non-profit continuing care retirement community that offers independent living on a 56-acre campus in Porters Neck, minutes from downtown Wilmington and area beaches. Residents enjoy first-class services in a wide variety of home styles, from one- and two-bedroom apartments to cottage homes and two-bedroom villas. Plantation Village is managed by Life Care Services™, the nation’s second-largest senior care management company.

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