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December 31, 2012

Senior on the Go: Bernard big in local senior scene

— Sitting in the front room of the Nederland Senior Center, Nancy Bernard gets her nails painted by a volunteer and her niece, Tracey VanRanden.

As VanRanden moves on to the next senior, Bernard lets her light pink nails dry.

Bernard goes to the center for the nutritious, affordable lunch and the fellowship. "We have a good time," she said.

She is the treasurer. "I write the checks and pay the bills," Bernard said.

"I am making a quilt now for my great granddaughter, that will make an appearance next month," she explained.

They also play cards, dominoes and many other things at the center.

"Diane is a great director. It's a great place for a senior to go. We laugh and have a good time. Even if you don't want to play games, come have a cup of coffee," she said.

"She is a big part of our senior center," Senior Center Director Diane LaPoint said. "She is very generous, kind and helpful."

Bernard is a member of First Baptist Church in Nederland and in Bible Fellowship chat room with people from all over the United States. "We chat everyday," she said. Bernard is also on Facebook.

Nancy's husband passed away of Alzheimer's. "They say to eat fish twice a week and keep your mind busy," she said. She looks facts up on the internet.

"That's why a senior should have a computer. There is plenty to look up," she added.

Bernard is retired from the Mid-Jeff/ Medical Center after 42 years as an xray tech.

She plays cards of Friday night with a group of ladies and makes candles in her spare time. "I make labels for my candles on the computer," she said.

On her candles, the label reads "Saint B's." "My daughter gave me the name from Saint Bernard dog," she explained.

"She does great work." VanRanden said.

"I like to cook and make fruit cakes. If you don't like fruitcake, you haven't had the right kind. I send them to Tennessee and California to family. They are really good," she said.

"She is my sidekick. We get in trouble together," LaPoint said laughing.

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