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Dorothy and Hubert Harvey have enjoyed life at The Inn at Greenwood Village for the past three years but their love story spans 66 years.
Dorothy is the oldest of three children, born in Ralls, Texas. Her father was the youngest of 15 children. She had many aunts, uncles and cousins running the family farms, cattle ranches and hotels. One of her uncles “had the nicest hotel” in northern Texas. Dorothy graduated from Ralls High School School, and worked as a telephone operator. In the evenings, she and a few of her cousins would go to the American Legion Hall for the country western dance.
Hubert is the youngest of three children. He also graduated from Ralls High. He worked on the family farm and on a wheat field. Hubert missed the draft by having a birthdate three days too late.
One evening, he and his friend, Wayne, went to the American Legion Hall for the Country Western Dance. A young woman walked through the front door. Hubert and Wayne decided Hubert should be the one to ask this woman to dance. Hubert remembers thinking, “She was the most beautiful woman I ever saw.” The young woman was Dorothy. They met for the first time on the dance floor even though they graduated from the same high school! Hubert asked her to go to Lubbock to see a drive-in movie for their first date. She accepted.
During their courtship, Dorothy went to Texas Tech and Hubert worked to save money. The college had a curfew that was strict, but they abided by it. A few years later, the couple married and moved to Ft. Worth. They bought a house which cost $4,002. Hubert had to borrow $200 for a down payment. They started working at the Aircraft Base where they helped build the Conair B-36, the biggest bomber.
In 1959, Hubert and Dorothy Harvey moved to Englewood, where they raised their children Karen and Larry. When their family was younger, they would go camping at Wellington Lake near Bailey, with the kids and dogs. They have two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and love spending time with their family. They also really enjoy the wonderful meals at the Inn especially the annual Cowboy Dinner with a live country band and chuck wagon barbeque served outside in the spacious back courtyard. They credit their happy long marriage to working, being economic and educating the family. They have enjoyed 66 years of happiness and intend to continue enjoying each day with each other.
The Inn at Greenwood Village is located at 5565 S. Yosemite Street in Greenwood Village and provides high quality assisted living services for local seniors and their families within a warm intimate setting. For more information, contact us at 303-327-7340 or GWmarketing@mbk.com.
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Local senior recalls Depression, World War II
Shirley Klotz, 88, performs office work every Wednesday at The Villager. She also splits her retirement time among a number of nonprofit organizations.Photo by Elizabeth Denton Hale
By Peter Jones
History can sometimes boggle the mind.
Betty White is older than sliced bread. Cleopatra was born closer to the invention of the iPhone than to the construction of the Pyramids of Giza.
And then there’s Shirley Klotz, who turns 88 this week. She remembers a few things that might drop some jaws among today’s millennial generation.
“I remember margarine being white and I had to color it,” she said. “There was a capsule with it and you had to stir it in. I hated that. I never buy margarine now.”
Born in 1927, Klotz entered the world the same year as the first trans-Atlantic phone call and Charles Lindbergh’s first flight of similar significance. Klotz shares her birth year with Captain Kangaroo, born the same year that accused “murderess” Lizzie Borden died.
Klotz lived through the Depression, World War II and 15 U.S. presidents.
“I never thought I’d get there,” she said of life as an octogenarian. “I never imagined myself as an old lady. I still don’t think of myself as an old lady.”
In some ways, Klotz credits the Depression for a professional life that did not fully end until her late 70s and for her continued volunteer work that has included nonprofit efforts and a weekly stint as “girl Friday” for The Villager.
“I think the Depression inspired me to work. I’m very appreciative of being productive,” she said. “I think there’s a work ethic that doesn’t come easily. I think you have to maybe have some hard knocks.”
Klotz, maiden name Humphries, was born and raised in Joplin, Mo., a city of 48,000 that was immortalized as a stop on America’s famous Route 66.
“You weren’t a native if you didn’t pronounce it Missour-uh,” she said
Founded as a lawless mining camp, Joplin would be terrorized during Klotz’s childhood by the notorious Bonnie and Clyde gang. The same Depression that produced bank robbers also led to Yankee ingenuity. Mr. Humphries made about $25 a week, so his wife perfected her knack for homemade clothing back home.
“She was very good,” Klotz said. “Some of the other kids were envious, but I didn’t like homemade clothes. Though I did have one [store-bought] Shirley Temple coat, which I adored. My mother had a Christmas savings account and she saved a quarter a week so she’d have some money at Christmastime to buy things.”
Like the other neighborhood children, Klotz bided her time with the kind of simple play that would puzzle many of today’s device-driven kids.
“They paved our street one summer and after the people would leave, we’d go out in the street and play with all the things they left behind. We made our own fun,” she said.
It was not just the gas, car parts and certain foods that were rationed when World War II rolled around a few years later, just in time for Klotz’s teenage years.
Uncle Sam had made the pickings for boyfriends in Joplin pretty slim.
“The senior boys were enlisted, so we dated sophomores. It scared their mothers to death,” she recalled with a laugh.
Klutz found time for one semester of college before studying for a husband instead.
“My folks didn’t think it was necessary for a girl to go to college. I took it as gospel,” she said.
At one of many post-war weddings, the 18-year-old girl met Jack Klotz, the 20-year-old Army Air Corps veteran and pharmacy student who would soon become her husband.
The couple eventually moved to Kansas City, where they had three children [eventually spawning eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild in their 68-year marriage].
The family moved to Denver when Jack was transferred and Shirley got a secretarial job with McGraw-Hill, advancing to a sales position after taking an aptitude test.
“They told me I should have gotten a college degree,” she said.
Klotz would retire several times before starting up work again, finally as an office manager for the nonprofit Colorado Access health-services provider.
“I liked money jangling in my pocket and the house seemed kind of small,” she said.
After retiring once and for all, Klotz began her long resume as a volunteer for organizations ranging from the Assistance League of Denver to the La Cache consignment store benefiting Children’s Hospital to Koelbel Library.
“Yesterday, I met a woman who was a boatperson from Vietnam. That was fascinating. I love the volunteer work because it gives me all kinds of outlets,” she said.
Although Klotz now has to watch her health [her brother died of a heart attack at 43 and she suffered one at 55], the southeast Denver resident has no particular bucket list as she pushes toward her ninth decade.
“I’m really content, which is a nice situation,” she said. “I wish we could get the world back into a better place. That’s my concern. I hate leaving it turned up on end.”
Help your aging loved one find the perfect home to live out their golden years in a happy and healthy way.Courtesy photo
By Brandi Williamson, leasing director, Balfour at Riverfront Park
Bette Davis bluntly stated, “Growing old isn’t for sissies.” Wise decisions about how your parents or loved one will live their Golden Years begin with having a plan and openly exploring best options for one’s next life adventure.
Begin the conversation
Saying “goodbye” to a home where a lifetime of memories has been made is never easy. Discuss how the family will manage such change. Talk about what the next step should be, and what will define the new home.
Research and identify options
Based on your goals as a family, research and select senior living community options you can investigate further. Visit websites, look for testimonials (and critiques), understand operations and lock-in-on the things that are most important.
Schedule a visit
Once you’ve identified your choice options, request a visit. While touring, be aware of things such as cleanliness, security, and the overall ambiance of the property. Observe how happy the residents and employees are while paying attention to how they interact with one another.
Learn about amenities and services
Find out about the amenities and services of the community, and evaluate how nimble they will be as the needs of the residents change. For example, what are their dining options; what type of programs are in place; are friends, children or grandchildren welcomed to participate in programs; does the community provide a continuum of care; what is their approach to memory care and Alzheimer’s; do they have residential options for couples with different healthcare needs; what is the longevity of their staff; do they provide transportation (and what is the schedule and level of flexibility); do they have a physician on-site?
Understand the financial model
Senior living communities vary in financial models. Take care in understanding current and future costs. For example, “buy-in” models can start at a cost of $250,000 and exceed $1,000,000, and sometimes are duplicative of insurance plans. A rental-plan means that there is a monthly payment due. Rental models often provide more flexibility as individual situations change.
Report back to your loved ones
After you’ve gotten answers to your family’s questions, plan a meeting to discuss what you’ve discovered. Outline positives and negatives to determine your choice. Everyone will have questions, objections, support and input of their own.
As long as you support your loved one in the decision-making process — you can feel comfortable in the choice you make, together.
More information is available at www.BalfourAtRiverfrontPark.com.
Stay active and keep your brain healthy by playing games with friends and loved ones.Courtesy photo
Submitted by Inn at Greenwood Village
Like any other part of our bodies, our brain health benefits from living an overall healthy lifestyle. The four lifestyle areas that have the most impact on our brain health include food and nutrition, physical activity and wellness, cognitive stimulation and social involvement. According to the Alzheimer’s Association recent research on brain health, “combining good nutrition with mental, social and physical activities may have a greater benefit in maintaining or improving brain health than any single activity.” Research by the National Institute on Aging also suggests that people who have more cognitive reserve and/or are able to adapt healthy parts of their brain to take over for impairment in other areas may add to the genetic and/or environmental factors on their side by living a healthy lifestyle. So what actions can you take to maintain your brain, as well as overall health, as you age:
Control for risk factors that lead to chronic disease, including heart disease and diabetes
Monitor and control blood pressure and cholesterol within healthy range and maintain a proper weight
Eat a healthy, nutritious diet including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
Follow a regular exercise routine that you enjoy and stay active in your daily life
Engage in mentally stimulating activities and keep learning new things
Maintain strong social relationships with friends and family members and stay involved with others in the local community including working for a cause you believe in
At The Inn at Greenwood Village Assisted Living, we work hard to provide an overall healthy lifestyle for each of our senior residents. We offer a variety of mental, social, and physical health and wellness programs on a daily basis. Brain health activities include word and strategy games such as Wheel of Fortune, What’s in a Word, Scattergories, and Lifelong Learning Lectures from Active Minds. Social activities, such as happy hour within the community or day trips to see the local sights, help create friendships and give residents a chance to engage with one another in a comfortable setting. Physical wellness classes offered include Tai Chi, chair and laughter Yoga, moderate movement with hand weights, and various ball games to get the heart pumping.
We have all heard the phrase “use it or lose it.” This pertains to our body, mind and spirit. Since our brain is the control center of our being taking good care and keeping it active will benefit our whole person as we age. For more information about our community and our health and wellness, contact our Activities or Health Services Department at The Inn at Greenwood Village at 303-327-7340 or visit our website www.mbkseniorliving.com.
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