The voice of All Kids Dental is going quiet
After more than a decade as the face and voice of All Kids Dental, Linda Childers is ready for retirement.
“It’s been wonderful,” she said. “It’s bittersweet that I’m leaving, but I can’t work forever.”
Childers, neé Greene, 69, grew up in Lenoir, North Carolina, which is where she gets her Southern belle accent. Her first job was working alongside her mother cleaning the church when she was 14.
She met her husband, Jim, at a local burger joint while she was still in high school and he was a Marine sergeant home on leave. They married in October 1964, and, she said, “it’s been good ever since.”
Jim spent some time as a firefighter, post office worker and finally as a contractor. Linda got a job with a furniture company straight out of high school, then went to work for a particle board manufacturer programming a saw for maximum yield. When computers took over that role, she became the company’s office manager, and also spent some time managing a shelter home nearby. After 40 years in the furniture business, overseas outsourcing had the Childerses contemplating moving on.
Their son Grant, now 48, had gone to school at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat before taking a job with Sysco in Garfield County.
“When we came here for the first visit, we just fell in love with this valley,” Linda said.
They now live two doors down from Grant and his wife, Debbie, in New Castle.
“We walk out the front door of our home, we’re on vacation,” Linda said. “We just love the outdoors, and this is the place to be.”
The couple love hiking, biking and fly fishing, and are well traveled, having been to 41 states plus the Bahamas, Mexico and Canada.
Initially, Linda decided to retire, but it didn’t stick.
“I’ve had a lot of work going on all my life, and that’s why it’s hard to give it up,” she said.
When she was offered a job at All Kids Dental, she jumped at the chance.
“I just love being around people,” she said. “The doctors here are just amazing. I have met so many awesome families. I’ve watched their kids basically from 2 up to 10.
“I don’t have grandchildren, so it’s so much fun to see all the cute kids coming in,” she added. “They walk through the door, they don’t have to sign in, because I know them.”
Still, retiring will give her a chance to check some items off her bucket list. She and Jim are planning to hike a 70-mile section of the Appalachian Trail, and might tackle some of the Pacific Crest if that goes well. After that, they’ll have a chance to vacation right here at home.
“There’s so much more to see just here in Colorado,” she said.
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