Showing love for Lenora

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Foundation honors Owen countian for contributions to community

By Molly Haines

Numerous contributions to her community, service as a volunteer and a role model for future generations – these are just a few of the reasons why Owen County’s Lenora Kelly Olds was one of nine to receive this year’s William R. Markesberry Senior Star award.
The award is given every year by the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation. The foundation recognizes and honors seniors who have remained engaged in an active lifestyle and looks for those who have been an inspiration to communities across Kentucky.  
Olds was nominated byRobbyn Wainscott, who is a member of Owen County Extension Office’s administrative support staff.
“I’ve known her for eight and a half years,” Wainscott said. “She has been a part of so many community events, and when I got the information for the award, I felt like it was something she really deserved.”
Olds, 88, volunteers at the Owenton Manor and the Owen County Senior Citizens Center; she serves as Owen County Fair Superintendent for the Culinary Department; she is a Relay for Life survivor and participant; she plays the piano at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church; and she visits the Home for Baptist Children.
In her nominating letter, Wainscott said Olds wears a smiley-face pin on her clothes every day, which represents Olds’ personality.
“Ms. Lenora exemplifies the guidelines set forth by the committee for this award,” Wainscott said in her letter. “I have never met such a caring and loving individual.”
Teresa Perry, an activity director at Owenton Manor, said Olds has a special connection with the residents of the manor and that all agree, the world is a better place because of Olds.
Olds accepted the award Oct. 13 at the Downtown Hilton in Lexington, with her family, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Pastor Dale Adkins, and Wainscott by her side.