Three Generations of Caregivers – A Story
When Peggy Buzan rode the train from Muskogee, Okahoma to Taylor, Texas to visit her aunt in the early 1950’s, she had no idea that trip would change her life.
She caught the eye of a hard working young man named Albert, and decided to make Texas her home. They married, had 2 sons and a daughter, and built a home close to Albert’s family in Taylor. Peggy was known for being active in her community – involved, caring and generous. Ahead of her time, she also became an entrepreneur, opening her own dress shop in Taylor called Daisy Manor. Although her husband’s mother was not a big fan of Peggy’s, when she became ill and needed to be cared for, it was Peggy who stepped up and became her mother-in-law’s caregiver.
This woman’s caring, entrepreneurial example was passed along to her daughter, Scholley Bubenik. As the owner and founder of Premier HR Solutions, Scholley credits her mom for teaching her about being a woman business owner. But the most important lesson Scholley says she learned was that”you take care of your elderly – you don’t leave it to someone else.” So when “Mimi” Buzan needed help, Scholley’s daughter Kristen, who also inherited the caregiving “gene”, would stay with her.
Finally, when Peggy could no longer live alone, it was natural that she move in with her daughter. Being a caregiver while running a growing business is challenging and stressful, but Scholley wouldn’t have it any other way. “My mom has been my best friend. Because of the demands of my business, having her at our home means I get to spend time with her everyday, and that is priceless.”
Scholley will watch her eldest daughter walk down the aisle in June, and she feels confident that she has instilled the value of caring for family to the next generation!