Heartbeat of Andrews Senior Activities Center retiring

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Published: Dec. 15, 2021 at 6:58 PM CST
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ANDREWS, Texas (KOSA) -A local staple at the Andrews Senior Activities Center is retiring after over two decades. But she’s not leaving without helping Andrews’ seniors celebrate Christmas one last time.

Mildred Spencer is the heartbeat and executive director of the Senior Center.

“I love my job,” Spencer said. “I really do.”

For over 20 years, she’s brought joy to her community, including setting up the center’s Christmas display, which only seemed to get larger each year.

“Well, most the seniors don’t decorate in their home,” Spencer said. “So, they feel like this is their home.”

It’s that work ethic and attitude that’s endeared her to seniors over the past two decades.

“She brightens up people’s lives and talks to them,” said retiree Loretta Falstrom. “That’s just the way Mildred is.”

But now, she’s retiring.

“I see people, and they wait too long to enjoy their retirement,” Spencer said. “I don’t want to do that. I want to enjoy the rest of my life.”

She’ll most certainly enjoy it when she moves to Hawaii in February.

But losing Spencer means losing much of what makes the senior center home.

“I can say this much,” retired truck driver George Cagle said. “With a straight face, she’ll be missed.”

Spencer will also miss them; however, she won’t miss everything about West Texas.

“I’ll miss the people,” Spencer said. “I don’t think I’ll miss the scenery.”

Most of all, she’s ready to start the next, most leisurely chapter of her life.

“I’m just going to learn to relax and enjoy myself,”

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