Ready With a Smile
By Dean Glass
Casey O'Hanlon-Howie is one of our longtime docents at the Whaley House. Casey originally worked in the museum with June Reading and the Historical Shrine Foundation for about eight years in the 1980s, making this her second tour of duty here.
One of seven children, she was born in Camden, South Carolina. Her father was a lieutenant colonel in the Army who served in the Second World War under General MacArthur and also in the Korean War. Casey was born and lived most of her young life on military bases. Her love of mission history was fostered by spending the eighth grade at the school on the grounds of Mission San Juan Capistrano and she continues to go to retreats at Mission San Luis Rey.
Casey traveled to Japan as a child, and continues to enjoy traveling today. She recently took a cross-country trip with her husband, Bill, sister, and brother-in-law to Mt. Rushmore, Gutzon Borglum's presidential monument in South Dakota, and to the historic 1874 Fort Robinson Museum in Crawford, Nebraska, where her delightful personality attracted the museum curator to the extent that he offered her a job on the spot.
In addition to working at the Whaley House, the Old Adobe Chapel, and the SOHO Museum Shop, where she is a fabulous salesperson, Casey works one day a week at Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs. She also finds time for swimming and yoga five days a week at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, hiking in Yosemite, and mountain biking in Colorado.
Casey lives in a 1941 home in the historic neighborhood of Rolando, and is one of the most popular members of our staff, always ready with a smile and a hug for everyone. She likes people, which, she says, is why she loves working at the Whaley House Museum Complex, where she meets people from all over the world. She is always busy doing something, whether it be cleaning, answering questions about the Whaley family or Adobe Chapel history, or making a big sale at the Museum Shop.
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