A look at people in our community

My Name Is ... Loretta Mullin, of Centennial

Longtime Centennial resident involved in community, family

Posted 10/8/18

Centennial before Centennial I’m 92 years old, and I moved here in 1967 from Grand Junction and have lived in the same house ever since in the Southglenn area. I have been the director of All Souls …

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A look at people in our community

My Name Is ... Loretta Mullin, of Centennial

Longtime Centennial resident involved in community, family

Posted

Centennial before Centennial

I’m 92 years old, and I moved here in 1967 from Grand Junction and have lived in the same house ever since in the Southglenn area.

I have been the director of All Souls Catholic Church’s food bank in Englewood for approximately 25 years. My husband and I started taking food to the church for the small food bank they had, and we always asked, “Is there anything we can do to help?” One day they said, “Yes,” and I’ve been doing it ever since.

To the city

I was born and raised in Rocky Ford and always wanted to live in the Denver area, so I was thrilled when I moved here to (the Littleton area). At that time, it was unincorporated Arapahoe County, and the tax rate was around 3.5 percent, and I loved it. I supported and was involved with the incorporation to the City of Centennial.

Changes come

When we moved here, my kids went out and shot cottontail rabbits south of County Line Road. There weren’t any buildings or homes. I’ve seen a lot more changes … we didn’t have Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree or Park Meadows, but when Cinderella City mall in Englewood was built, it was a big deal.

Staying connected

I have a daughter and son living on Vancouver Island along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I keep in contact with them via email and Facebook.

I do meditation, take good care of myself and enjoy coloring. I also help people on my own and try every day to do what I call is my almsgiving ... just going out of my way to do something for someone. If I’m away from home and see someone who looks sad or disgruntled, I say, “Hello” with a smile and say a compliment about something they are wearing ... their response is heartwarming. It doesn’t take much effort to brighten someone’s day, and then the next person they see, they will do the same thing.

Going north

Most summer vacations were spent visiting a brother-in-law who lived on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. In later years, my oldest son moved there and became an oyster farmer ... thus his moniker, “Oyster Jim." He envisioned building a trail along the coastline, and after succeeding, he has received numerous honors. Check out the Wild Pacific Trail (on the internet) for more about this adventure. You will enjoy the videos.

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