About me …
I was born in Salt Lake City, and since my father worked for the government, we lived in a lot of places like Idaho and Grand Junction.
We moved to Golden when I was in high school, and my dad worked at the Federal Center for years. After high school I went to Brigham Young University, where I studied elementary education and childhood development.
My husband and I came back to Denver in 1959, and we’ve lived in the Green Mountain area for 40 years.
Starting a family
My husband and I have eight children — four girls and four boys. The girls all came one after the other, then the boys, all about two years apart. All of them graduated from Green Mountain High School, and now they’re grown and all over — one is Oregon, we have one in Idaho, another in Utah, and four here in Colorado.
Faith leads to activism
I always have been active in our church — a church our family joined six generations ago. Our faith tells us to do what Jesus Christ did, and we’re supposed to be asking ourselves if we’ve done any good in the world each day. This leads us to be active in the community — our family community, church community and neighborhood community.
In our church we’re asked to fill assignments, and I was asked to be the director of public affairs, which led me to become more active in the community than ever before. My big responsibilities are meeting and working with people to find service opportunities.
One of the things I helped start with Mary Anne Fleet is the annual Christmas concert with the Colorado Mormon Choral, the Lakewood Symphony Orchestra and the Rocky Mountain Ringers. All the proceeds from that concert go to charities, and it’s been a gracious, wonderful friendship.
I also serve on the board of The Action Center, and our church works with other faith organizations in Lakewood, which has been great. One of my favorite things is working on the Good News Jefferson County Coalition, because you get to see so much of the great service that goes on.
The benefits of volunteerism
It’s fun to find out what people right here in Lakewood are doing, especially because so, so much of it isn’t recognized.
My favorite part is the people that I meet, the people I mingle with, the people I call my friends. There are so many good people, trying to do good things all over.
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