Brookdale Fort Collins

7 residents

Keith Britton

Keith Britton lived to help people. As a missionary in Brazil, he risked a lot to do his work, from an attempted kidnapping of his only daughter to losing children to a mudslide on a field trip he was leading. Nothing deterred him from bringing food and clothes to the needy in Rio de Janeiro's and Sao Paolo's favelas, or the word of God to those with spiritual needs.

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Orville Riddle

Orville Riddle could build anything, and he was good at teaching others how to make things. These skills served him well as an industrial arts schoolteacher and later as a foreman for a custom home building company. His passion for teaching and helping others extended into coaching his son’s baseball team for many years, girls’ softball and volleyball, and boys’ golf at Cache La Poudre Middle School in Laporte, Colorado. He loves teaching and molding young minds and said, “I had five kids, ensuring that I’d still have a job teaching!” He also enjoyed helping others and spent many hours volunteering at church, nursing homes, and delivering food to those who couldn’t get out of their homes.

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Janet Steinke

Janet Steinke grew up in a family that had clearly defined gender roles. Girls were supposed to clean, cook and stay out of trouble. When Janet became a stay-at-home mom, she continued taking care of the household responsibilities. But once her two daughters started school, Janet entered the workforce. It turned out that Janet was a quick study. She rose through the ranks at Hugo Bank in Colorado and became the company’s first female loan officer. Eventually, she worked her way up to vice president. “I was well liked, dealt well with customers and made good advancement for a female in a small farming and ranching community,” Janet says.

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Evelyn Felker

Evelyn Felker was not going to let snow get in her way. Born and bred in Wyoming, she was used to enduring the elements. With four of her five kids piled into the Mercury Monarch her husband Dix had bought her, several inches of unplowed snow and one very large hill stood between Evelyn and Sunday church. Cursing and coaxing as the car slid and swerved, the car finally made it up the hill.

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Helen Claghorn

At first Helen Claghorn didn't want to race, but her husband all but dared her to do it. After all, how could she win again local girls who'd been snow mobile racing all their lives?

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Barbara Chapin

Barbara Amon Chapin was always a hard worker. After her divorce, she moved her four kids to Sanibel Island in Florida to be near her parents. There she worked three jobs to make ends meet before becoming a successful real estate agent with a national reputation. Her kids were left with no doubt that hard work paid off.

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Len Albright

Len Albright had a tough childhood. His mother died in 1963 when he was 16 after a long battle with cancer. That left Len alone on the family's small Pennsylvania farm with his father, who was busy running a feed mill for animal stock for surrounding ranches. Len's two older sisters were already married and starting families of their own. Len loved to fix up old cars and at 14 he was drag racing his Pontiac GTO across Michigan and Ohio. It was those memories of his minor delinquency and how he got through it that led him to a storied career in special education.

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