Wilma Marks enjoys life Creekside | PostIndependent.com

Wilma Marks enjoys life Creekside

Despite being almost a century old, Wilma Marks doesn’t feel like slowing down.”If I had a car, I’d be going all the time,” said Marks, who will turn 95 on June 19.Marks, who lives at Creekside Assisted Living in Glenwood Springs, sits in a wheelchair as she speaks. Though she’s not confined to it, she says she gets “dizzy,” which led to her decision to give up her car.But Marks still amuses herself plenty. She reads constantly, mostly newspapers, and every Thursday, she goes with the rest of her fellow Creekside residents to play bingo at the Elks Lodge in town. She also enjoys the company of her daughter, Marlo, who lives in town.But sometimes, Marks admitted, she hungers for a bit more in her life.

“I played bridge for years and years, but you don’t have many bridge players around here,” Marks said.If a Wednesday night excursion to see jazz at the Two Rivers Park is added to the schedule, as owner and operator Gyla Stark would like it to be, Marks would be delighted.So would resident Lenore Morgan.”I’m looking forward to the jazz,” Morgan said with a mile-wide grin. Morgan, 81, chose to move last year, to Creekside in particular because of the fantastic view the home provides.”It’s just beautiful,” Morgan gushes.

Her daughter, Claudia, nodded and said with a smile, “She just loves being in the mountains.” Though Claudia lives in Denver, Morgan does have relatives close by, in Eagle and Gypsum.Morgan also enjoys going for walks, playing cards with other residents, and admits she watches more TV than she probably should.”I’m kind of a TV boob,” she said with a chuckle.Sunnyside itself is a home that lives up to its name. The facility is a two-story house off of Four Mile Road, just a couple of miles outside of downtown Glenwood.A garage has been converted into a kind of leisure room, with a handful of rocking chairs, a round table upon which are a few board games and decks of cards, and a few potted plants. The door frame sports the slogan, “Come on in!”

Inside, Stark, who owns and operates the facility with her husband Dave, is busily wiping down kitchen counters after having served lunch to residents.”We bought Creekside last year, and it had already been open for seven years,” Stark said.”It’s just a great place,” said Stark.Contact John Schroyer: 945-8515, ext. 529 jschroyer@postindependent.com

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