My Life, My Words: Donna Adrian — ‘Never scared to work’
“I moved here from Steamboat (Springs) and I originally was from Nebraska. My folks lived there.
“My father was a farmer, a rancher there in Nebraska. We milked cows and all that noise and worked hard, you know?
“We milked cows and we drove tractors and we did everything. My dad had three girls and I was the youngest one. I was about the only one that ever milked cows, but we all drove tractors so we did everything to help.
“We were always up at like five. We still got up to milk cows and when we got off the school bus at night we got in the pasture and brought the cows home.
“From the time I was 16 I used to go into town and work in a buffet, then I had to stay all night with the owner and his wife and go to school the next day.
“Truthfully, I’ve got to tell you, it wasn’t hard because I had a good dad, we lived in Nebraska and we didn’t want for nothing. To this day, I’ve never wanted for anything either because I’ve been a hard worker. I get my own.
“Right now, I have a pension, I live over at the center, so I’ve been a lucky one.
“I got married to a banker in Estes Park. We had a motel and we lived in Estes Park. I guess I just married and came up here.
“I bought the Golden Cavvy restaurant, ran it, and now I live at a senior center.
“I bought it and it was closed up. We opened it and we had the best cook — her name was Shirley Nelson. She cooked and made pies and did everything. Now you have to have one (person) to do everything. I did good, had a good bar.
“I didn’t sell it to the owner whose got it now. I was getting older and the kids didn’t want to mess with it anymore.
“I was lucky all my life because I was never scared to work.”
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