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Annual Senior Awards

2017 senior award winners

The annual Senior Awards honors the contributions of citizens who dedicate their time, effort, and love to help seniors in the community. The Garfield County Council on Aging announced that Sunny Dunn Linn was named 2017 Senior Citizen of the Year; Sharon Harper 2017 Friend of the Seniors, and Chelsea Carnoali Parkison 2017 Friend of the Seniors Under Duress. The Senior Citizen of the Year award presentation is May 3 at the Summit Senior Center, 83 Nancy's Place, Frisco.

2017 Senior Citizen of the Year
Sunny Dunn Linn (right) is or has been a member of the Garfield County Council on Aging, Rifle Senior Center Board, Regional Area Agency on Aging, Garfield County Senior Pro-grams Advisory Board, and the Rifle Sales & Cans Committee. She is cashier at the monthly breakfast and is interested in helping people, particularly the seniors in our area. She is always there with a hug when you need it.

2017 Friend of the Seniors
Sharon Harper (center) helps out at the Senior Center and is a caring driver on the Travel-er. She drives her sisters to appointments, helps them with day-to-day tasks, takes care of folks at church, is a mother to three grown children and is a grandmother. She makes treats and gifts for the seniors and has the patience of Job. She has a kind heart that she shares with everyone.

2017 Friend of the Seniors Under Duress
Chelsea Carnoali Parkison
(left) is a wife and mother of four and is the Service Coordinator at the Manor Apartments. She has gone above and beyond in a time of chaos during the remodel. Her only concern is for the seniors and disabled individuals, and trying to make life better for them. She always has a smile on her face and is willing to listen. She has been their rock.

Other nominees:

Friend of the Seniors
Cindy Elliott
took over when Bobbie Dungan retired at the Rifle Senior Center Kitchen. She makes everyone feel wanted and appreciated. She does a super job in the kitchen and makes really good meals.

Lynn McConnell drives the Rifle Recreation bus and is always cheerful and patient. She is protective of the seniors, and makes sure they enjoy the outings. She is very conscientious and accommodating, and walks seniors to their door when it is dark outside. She has added new outings, and helps seniors mark items off their bucket lists, such as being in a parade.

Woodra "Woody" Morgan volunteers at the Rifle Senior Center, the senior lunches, and at the museum. She is the best friend ever, very kind, and if you need her, she is there for you. She's so kind and helpful to everyone.

Senior Citizen of the Year
Mary Elder is always serving so cheerfully at the Rifle Senior Center, and gives a great deal of her time to the center and to the Senior Lunch Program. She is caring, kind, and attentive to everyone, and she is a wealth of information about Rifle history. Mary also volunteers at the museum and is on its board.

Joan Morse keeps the lunchroom at Sunnyside Retirement Center clean and attractive with holiday decorations. She serves the senior lunch and does all the bookkeeping for the meal site. She drives seniors when needed, and makes herself available anytime a senior needs help. She does everything in a warm and friendly manner with a teasing sense of humor.

Pat Smith hosts the Rifle Senior Center bingo sessions and arranges for rewards for the winners. She always shows up and contributes flowers and meal tickets and makes bingo a fun event for all.

Maryhannah Hansen Throm has been delivering Grand River Meals on Wheels for 25 years. She is older than 90 percent of those she delivers meals to, and when asked why she does it, she replies, "Because I can." She is active in the Methodist/Presbyterian Church, and LIFT-UP. She inspires a future generation of volunteers.

Marilyn Wiggins volunteers at the Valley View Hospital gift shop, knits baby hats and blankets, runs the gift shop at Sunnyside Retirement Center, and holds a big wonderful open house party annually for the residents at Sunnyside. She is a wonderful, gracious, and pleasant lady who does so much and never expects anything in return.

Senior Program awards winners 2016
Socorro Flores - Friend of the Seniors award
Debra Newland - Senior of the Year

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