Traveler Bus dedication today honors donor Lucy Huntley |

Traveler Bus dedication today honors donor Lucy Huntley

Renelle Lott
and Debbi Cerri
Special to the Post Independent

“Lucy” is still around town. In fact, she travels all the time, carrying senior citizens and disabled people to doctor appointments, shopping and most of all to visit with friends.

“Lucy” is a bus named after Lucy Huntley, a homemaker and outdoors enthusiast who started the original “Chat and Chew” program for senior citizens in Glenwood Springs in 1978. Huntley died six years ago at 96, leaving $23,000 to the senior program in Glenwood Springs in her will.

At 12:30 p.m. today, Lucy’s friends will take a few moments to remember her and dedicate the new Traveler bus at the Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Center.

Lucy’s heart was in the senior program in Glenwood Springs.

“She said, ‘I want to be sure that they continue to go on’…it meant a great deal to her and she went all the time to the meals and activities,” says her niece, Leta Terrell of Parachute.

The gift is more valuable than ever as CMC’s Senior Programs face cutbacks in funding.

Lucy’s donation helped buy the bus with a matching grant, and provided cushioned chairs, round tables and a wall to enclose the center from the atrium in the CMC Glenwood Center.

Deb Stewart, director of Senior Programs, says, “The enclosure set the senior center off, giving a more cozy space to the seniors. Before, they were having a hard time hearing each other and were saying there were cold.”

The center is named the Lucy Huntley Senior Center.

“Lucy was one of the loveliest ladies I have ever known…one great little lady,” recalls Betty Hollenbaugh. “She never had children of her own, but was always doing something for other people. I felt so deeply about her donation to the center, and it’s wonderful for seniors who participate.”

Stewart said people at the senior center remember that Lucy “was an early recycler. She reused cold cream jars to pack chokecherry jelly in for her friends!”

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