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April 15, 2013

On her bike or in her garden, Entrekin stays on the go

GROVES — Over 100 varieties of trees, bushes, plants, flowers, and cacti bloom beautifully all over Barbara "BJ" Entrekin's yard during the springtime at her home in Groves.

"God game me two green thumbs. Some people tell me that I got theirs too," she said laughing. "I wouldn't have all this if it wasn't for our Dear Lord."

Sometimes Entrekin, 67, is out in her yard for eight hours at a time.

"We love to be outdoors," she added.

BJ and her husband, Paul, ride a Goldwing. "It's a Cadillac of all motorcycle."

They would rather ride their motorcycle than in the car because it's easier on their backs.

BJ and Paul have been to 49 of the 50 states, 48 of them have been on their Goldwing. They have been through hail, snow, sleet, and horrible winds.

The 50th state they have not been to is North Dakota. "I'm happy with 49," she said. "We like to go to state and national parks. We have been to Yellowstone National Park, King’s Canyon, Redwood Forest. We have been to both East Coast and West Coast."

This year BJ and Paul raised nearly $3,000 through Rides for Kids by selling briskets and candy. The Ride for Kids program is a national series of motorcycle rides that supports the work of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

"The police block off streets in Humble so we can take the kids that can ride, medically, on a bike or trike. Last year we had a kid that had a halo to hold his head up. He got to ride in a police car instead," she explained. "Its a real touching thing."

The bikers get to hear physicians talk during this event every year. They learn that there are more and more types of brain tumors the doctors are learning of all the time.

"Sharon and the line dancers at the Port Neches Senior Center are always good at helping out with our fundraisers," she said.

BJ dances at the senior center every week and has been for about 10 years.

She is a member of First United Methodist Church of Groves and sings in the choir.

"I am the Vice Chair of Trustees and Secretary of my Sunday School class," she said.

They also have a book club that meets once a month.

BJ donates blood as often as they will let her.

"Recently they called for two types of blood for two kids that were burned really badly in Louisiana and we went and donated for them," she explained.

She is a 1964 graduate of PN-G High School and retired from Texaco/ Star Enterprise/ Motiva after 36 years.

BJ and Paul have two children, two grandchildren, one great grandchild on the way, and three . She also helps take care of her parents.

"They are both 92," she said.

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