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Crazy Red Head Uses Grief to Grow
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Donna Walker-Hulben describes herself as a “crazy red-head” who has been handed some new challenges by life, and has learned much about herself. One of those new challenges, retirement, brought her to the Greenhorn Valley View office where she now writes stories about the Lion’s Club and the District 70 Board of Directors meetings, among other assignments.

“We are all much more capable than we think we are,” she shared. “You are meeting the ‘post-death’ Donna. After my husband of 41 years died, suddenly, I didn’t want to bother my kids all the time and so I decided to get out of the box, meet new people, talk, laugh and make a difference in the community. Duct tape, gorilla glue, and Google became my best friends.”

“My husband, Jack, went to let the dog out. I found him dead on the floor,” she remembered. “We were high school sweethearts and had been married for 41 years. I never even had to fill the car with gas and now I was on my own."

The native of Horseheads, New York moved to Colorado after husband Jack, a mechanic, was laid off from his job. The couple laid out a map and looked at places they might like to live. Jack was a hunter and a fisherman and they were leaning toward Oregon until Mount Saint Helens erupted.

Donna said “no” to Las Vegas, a place she didn’t think would be good for their two children. Jack decided to visit his grandfather’s brother who lived in Pueblo. Jack loved it and headed west with a U-Haul while Donna, daughter Jackie, and son Jeremy flew to Colorado. “It was home,” she said. “It was just meant to be.” That was in 1981.

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