By: Benjamin J. Gohs, Associate Editor
Nearly turning 76 hasn’t been enough to slow Elizabeth “Bunny” Garlock down.
Born in Petoskey and raised in the Feast Street house she lives in to this day, Garlock can be seen all over Boyne volunteering wherever there is a need.
“I just love people,” Garlock said.
Garlock married her husband of nearly 41 years during her senior year in High School and the couple went on to have six girls and one son.
Though Garlock lost Tom over 15 years ago, several of her children still live in Northern Michigan.
“I was a homemaker until my youngest went into kindergarten and then I started working at Jake’s Shoe Shop for an hour a day for 20 years,” Garlock said.
Now on the Boyne Area Senior Center Board of Directors, Garlock enjoys spending time with her friends at the center, reading and volunteering around town.
“I help with Challenge Mountain and at my church – at my age I volunteer where they can use me,” she said.
Garlock said she would like to see more people utilize the services provided by the senior center.
“I’d say you’re missing out on a lot of good food and a lot of good companionship – we have good times out there,” she said. “If we could just get a few more people coming we could have an even better time.”
Garlock said in all her years in Boyne, she’s never wanted to live elsewhere.
“I guess I like it because I’ve been here all my life,” she said. “It’s been interesting to watch how the town’s changed.”
Garlock added, “Boy, you can’t find a better bunch of people for pitching in and helping out. Some people have had drastic things in their life and there are always people in Boyne City ready to help them out.”
Garlock said her husband spent over 20 years working for the Boyne Citizen newspaper before he went to work for the city.
“The whole town has gone from great to greater and I’d like to think my husband had something to do with that,” she said.
If you see Bunny Garlock around town, be sure to wish her a “happy 76th birthday.”