Surprise party: Senior center to honor departing client

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

By Haley Schichtl

Ted Liley, a regular client and one of the founding members of the Carroll County Senior Activity and Wellness Center, is moving away this weekend, so the Senior Center will be having a surprise party for him.

The party will start at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 12, and anyone is invited to come say their goodbyes.

Liley said the Senior Center started out as a group of people and a bus.

“I went to work for the senior center in ’85 as a bus driver. We had about four or five people then,” Liley said. “We’d pick them up and go to the park and take them back home. We did that until we got us a home in the upstairs of the Methodist Church.”

He said once they started using the church, they started cooking meals five days a week for the seniors and delivering meals to homebound seniors. Eventually, they started taking them to grocery stores a couple days a week.

“In 1987, they opened the doors to our new building behind the library,” Liley said.

He said the center serves meals to a range of 10 to 30 people at the center each day and they have a birthday dinner once a month, an event attended by up to 50 people. They deliver around 200 meals a day to seniors’ homes. The Senior Center also offers different activities every day, an exercise room, a pool table and a place to socialize Monday through Friday.

Liley will move to Clinton, Mo., this Saturday, where he can be closer to his family.

“I’ll miss the good people around here,” Liley said. “The Senior Center is a great organization. There’s many things that can be done there. … If people want to use it, all they have to do is talk to Christina and get it set up.”

Senior Center director Christina Butler said she has worked at the Senior Center since 2016, and said Liley has become a big part of her daily life.

“Ted is 87 years old and he’s lived in Berryville for 44 years,” Butler said. “He’s always someone we can count on. He’s someone that everybody comes to at the center when they need something. Everybody knows him and loves him.”

To learn more about the Senior Center, visit Carroll County Senior Activity & Wellness Center on Facebook or call 870-423-3265.

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