Meet a Westsider:
Marilyn Billings

Profession/Occupation... I just finished 43 years as assistant to the director of administration at Colorado Legal Services, where I still work part-time.

What I like most about the Westside is... it has more of a hometown feel. You know your neighbors and your neighbors are your friends. I also like the close proximity of the open spaces and trails and the wildlife in our yard.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... (to ensure) the preservation of our heritage and culture and being good stewards of our open spaces and trails systems.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... We’re not movie-goers but when we do go it’s for something light like, “Racing Stripes,” or “Polar Express.” Family movies.

The worst advice I’ve ever gotten was... Our families didn’t want us to leave home and move to Colorado, but it was a good move for us.

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... John Wayne and Red Skeleton. They are people that I would have liked to meet because of the success they achieved and the standards they maintained without being crude; also because they conveyed their appreciation of our freedoms and love of country. They are just classic Americans.

The next time I travel, I’m going to... Alaska. We’ve done so much traveling that we appreciate living here.

My favorite childhood memory is... I grew up during the Depression in a small town in Iowa with three generations living in the same house. I mostly remember my grandmother’s baking. She also raised Heartz Mountain canaries. The house was always filled with the aroma of bread baking and the sound of little birds learning to sing.

My favorite winter pastime is... our recreational life is associated with horses. If we’re not caring or training them, we’re riding.

Something good I’ve read is.. “Purpose Driven Life,” by Richard Warren, for personal enrichment. I also like reading about the history of this area. A good non-fiction books is “The Cowboy and His Elephant,” a story about Bob Norris by Malcolm MacPherson.

My pet peeve is... a lack of consideration and courtesy by other people. It’s more visible as the population grows.

If I won the lottery, I’d... probably donate to a lot of worthy causes and make sure that my children and grandchildren have secure futures.

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