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Vickie Parker is retiring as Director of Madison Senior Center. CONTRIBUTED

Parker will miss her ‘seniors’ after retiring as center director

MADISON – When Vickie Parker retires as Director of Madison Senior Center on Oct. 30, she will miss her ‘seniors’ … their smiles, laughs and even a few tears.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at Madison Senior Center. It has been my honor to serve the senior citizens of the Madison community and hopefully make a difference in their lives,” she said.

“I am most grateful for my amazing staff. They always put the interests of the seniors first, and they’re dedicated to making certain that their needs are met on a daily basis,” Parker said.

Parker started working at Madison Senior Center in January 2000 as a part-time Activities Coordinator. She accepted the position of Director in 2013. As Director, Parker has been responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the center.

Over the years, Parker has seen many changes occurring in Madison and at the center. “Due to the rapid growth of our city, we have had many more seniors attending our center in recent years,” she said.

Many funny scenarios have played out during Parker’s time at the center, but one especially comical incident stands out. Joy Edwards, a former activities coordinator, scheduled a visit to the center for two poodles to perform tricks and visit with the seniors.

“Apparently, there was a bit of miscommunication, and to our surprise 20 to 25 furry friends of all sizes and breeds showed up to entertain us,” Parker said. “We all had a good laugh from it and had a great time watching the ‘expanded’ show.”

Vickie and her husband Michael Parker have been married for 42 years. “I love to shop and to go on day trips in our area,” Vickie said.

During her retirement time, Vickie plans to enjoy having time to relax and spend time with Michael.

The public can wish bon voyage to Vickie at the “Drive Thru Good-Bye for Vickie” on Oct. 29 at 1:30 p.m. Motorists should drive under the front door’s awning at Madison Senior Center, 1282 Hughes Road.

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