Pinedale seniors said goodbye
to Beth Allen with root beer floats at Rendezvous
Pointe during an Aug. 28 celebration
that wrapped up her 12 years there as the activity
director. Through her years there, Allen
has made quite the impact. The going-away
party was packed with many of the seniors she
has worked with over the years.
When asked, Allen said the thing she’ll
miss the most is talking to the seniors who
come to Rendezvous Pointe to have fun and
Alongside her is Allen’s husband Jim, who
is retiring as well. While he did not work at the
senior center, he would come in costumed as
fun characters to give the seniors a laugh once
and a while.
“They will miss him as much as they’ll
miss me,” Allen said.
Several seniors had kind things to say about
Allen before her departure.
Allen Barron stated she would be very
missed – “I’d go into her office every day and
just talk with her.”
When asked what she’ll miss the most, Allen’s
longtime friend Sandy VanValkenburg
said, “The friendship. Someone to talk to.
She’s very personable.”
Phyllis Staidl stated her favorite times were
when they’d take their two- to three-day trips
around Wyoming. She said Allen was great at
planning the trips.
“It was something we probably wouldn’t
do otherwise,” Staidl said.
Rollie Myers, though, said he did not feel
good about Allen’s leaving at all.
“Those are some big shoes to fill,” he said.
“Her programs were wonderful.”
Now retired, the Allens plan to move into
their camper and travel to Oregon.
“I don’t think I’ll be able to do that when
I’m 80,” Allen said, “I’ve got to do it now!”
Although they are leaving Sublette County,
Allen promised they will come back for visits.