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Second retirement twice as nice

Lee Buzick
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Lee Buzick has lived in Glenwood Springs for about 21 years. But now it’s just time to move on.After two careers in the real estate industry, she’s definitely earned time to relax.”She’s finally just going to take it easy,” said her son and business partner, Garry Buzick.Lee’s moving to Lakewood, near Denver, to enjoy her retirement. Her second attempt at it anyway. Her first attempt at retirement, in 1980, didn’t take. She picked Lakewood this time because she’s found a nice assisted living situation there, she said.”This is my second time, that is enough,” Lee said. “I’m not going to work anymore.” Now, she insists, she’s just going to play.

“No more yard work,” she said excitedly. “Yard work is fine, if you’re able to do it.”Garry says there is nothing in the world that his mother enjoyed more than helping people find a home. During the height of her career, as a real estate broker, she was selling 60 to 70 houses per year in the area, he said.”She could smoke any other broker during that period,” he said.Lee’s first attempt at retirement came in 1980, when she and her husband, Vernon, sold the real estate business that they’d built together in Aurora. The couple moved to Salida for some peace and quiet.After Vernon passed away in 1984, Garry encouraged his mother to join him and his family in Glenwood Springs. “Well, he had kids, so I thought that I’d just go see the grandkids,” Lee said.

Gary said that it was his idea for her to come to work with him at his real-estate business just for something to do, but she insists that it was her idea to go back to work.Either way, It turned out to be a good decision for both.”I had always worked,” She said. “I enjoyed real estate, I never got tired of it.””It was great having her work here,” Garry said. “She had a lot of expertise and contributed a great deal of knowledge about the business that I hadn’t thought of,” he said.Lee and Vernon moved to Denver from Midland, Texas, in 1953 when Vernon was transferred by his employer, Sinclair Oil Company. Lee said that Vernon asked her if she’d wanted to go for a short trip. The next thing she knew, they were on their way to Denver to live.”We liked Denver,” Lee said. But they missed Texas. “You can’t find any people more friendly than those from Texas. If you’re from Texas, it seems like you have to be friendly.”



Lee raised her family and her career in Denver. She started a real estate company in 1958 in Aurora, where she and Vernon lived for the next 22 years. She had three sons, Garry, Ronald, and Larry. Ronald passed away in September of 2002.”I was selling houses when they were about $11,000,” Lee said. “Even back then I was in the million-dollar club.”And she continued selling houses until 2005.Contact John Gardner: 945-8515, ext. 535jgardner@postindependent.com


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