Meet a Westsider:
I was attendance secretary at Coronado High School until I retired. I volunteer at the Old Colorado City History Center and the Life Support Center at the soup kitchen facility. I’m also a
member of the Westside Optimists club and we do a lot with Westside Elementary.
What I like most about the Westside is... the small-town feeling, the friendly people and that it’s close to the mountains and Garden of the Gods because I like to walk.
If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... I wish they had a clothing store for my generation here.
A good movie I’ve seen recently is... "The Blind Side,” with Sandra Bullock. It’s based on a true story about a football player who was homeless and her family took him in.
The worst advice I ever got was... Although my family didn’t want me to move to Colorado, I decided to visit my sister in Colorado Springs on my way to San Francisco, Calif. I stayed on to help her (she was in her fourth pregnancy). I eventually ran out of money and had to get a job and met Tom (my husband) at Timken Company, the rock bit division.
If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... President Obama. I’d like to talk over some of my ideas with him.
The next time I travel, I’m going to... eastern Washington state to visit my family and to the Oregon coast, which is one of our favorite places to visit.
My favorite childhood memory is... growing up on my grandparents’ farm with my mom, two brothers and two sisters. My dad passed away when I was about 2 months old, and my grandparents took us in. I had to feed the chickens, gather their eggs and clean their coop and bucket-feed the calves. It was a dairy farm and my grandparents delivered the milk door-to-door in town by horse and buggy. Their motto was: “You supply the baby, we’ll supply the milk.”
My favorite spring pastime is... working in the yard and going for walks.
Something good I’ve read is... “Flags of My Father,” by James Bradley with Ron Powers. One of the men who was mentioned in the book grew up in the same little town where I grew up (Chewelah – Indian for “snake in the grass.”) He was one of the first soldiers to raise the original flag at Iwo Jima. The second flag was raised later for a photo and although he was offered the chance to be in the photo, he declined.
My pet peeve is... drivers who think they own the road.
If I won the lottery... I would like to set up scholarships for low-income students who want to further their careers.
Meet a Westsider” is a regular feature in the Westside Pioneer. If you would like to be a Meet-a-Westsider (or know someone who should be), please give us a call at 471-6776.