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The morning was quiet and ordinary as any other. The sun was beaming through the window, the office was quiet with just the faint sound of “My Girl’ playing in the background. Chris enters a few minutes early for our interview. It is to be expected as punctuality is embedded in the Navy veteran. “I’m ready when you are,” Chris excitedly announced. She enters wearing a simple black t-shirt dress with a silver shape belt. Her hair is thick with light brown curls with their own mind, yet she is perfectly put together. From a distance, you may see a reserved petite woman, but don’t allow the optics to fool you. It is very hard to not become swept into the whirlwind of talent, intelligence, inspiration, and fun that is Christina Lock. She is living, breathing creativity in motion, and applies it all to home renovation and interior design. Like most creatives, the need to release artistic visions can be overwhelming and all-consuming. AlthoughChris has a background in Human Resources and is obsessed with numbers, she could not fight the call to express her imagination through reinvention and remodeling. The latest project, her 2,700 square-foot home on the Heron Lakes golf course in Leisure World, which she has affectionately named Trelock Cottage, is a full renovation with a traditional cottage-chic style aesthetic that began last February. In true Chris fashion, directly after closing on her home, she was ripping up the floors in her home with two paint scrapers! “I tore those floors up. This house has been fun, and I really wanted to make this house my own and not live under what someone else’s design aesthetic was,” says Chris. The pictures of the full renovation are envy-worthy and can be viewed on Instagram by the same name. “When I ripped up the floors, all I could remember was when I was younger, the house my parents brought in Washington, D.C. Within the first day of moving in, there was grass wallpaper on the wall, my mom called it the Tiki room, she ripped the paper off the wall! That was my Tiki room moment,” exclaims Chris! It’s in Her Blood Thirty years in the industry began with the introduction in her youth at home…her mother. Chris lived in 11 different homes over 12 years. Each time a new home was purchased, her mother would fix it up. “I have so The speed limit on Leisure World streets is 25 mph. No passing. Be vigilant at crosswalks! Christina Lock: This is No Ordinary Fixer Upper continues on page A5 continues on page A7 “Perfection is not practical, but I strive for excellence and do my personal best.” This is the motto that Leisure World’s Outreach Specialist Marguerite Huspen works to give the Leisure World residents optimum customer service. Marguerite’s office within the Administration building is tiny in size but has delivered a great impact within the community. Over 3,500 residents were serviced with referrals and resources in 2021. “I love this job, exclaims Marguerite, the people are my greatest joy!” Marguerite’s love for people and her work in education and social services spans over decades. The Wisconsin native and eldest sibling of 11 studied Biology, Botany and Psychology at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, with a love for the Arts including Music, Dance and Creative Arts. A relocation in 1987, was a toss-up between New Mexico and Arizona but Arizona is where Marguerite would begin her journey to help improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. “My heart is really drawn to helping people,” explains Marguerite. “I love the heartfelt connections.” Marguerite Huspen: Help Is Just a Phone Call Away News LeisureWorld MAY HIGHLIGHTS: Telephone Number Notification Form Page A3 Lloyd Asp Celebrates 100 years Page A8 Memorial Day Festivities Page A14 THE OFFICIAL NEWS PUBLICATION OF LEISURE WORLD ARIZONA MAY 2022 | www.lwca.com “I’m a little fun and funky and I like to kick it up a notch.” Wewould like towishall themothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers (maybe even some great- great- grandmothers?) in Leisure World a Happy Mother’s Day. You all deserve to have a wonderful time on your special day. We thank you for tending to our scraped knees, the smell of your Sunday pies cooling in the kitchen, the talks over a cup of coffee, having our backs, and all the million things you have done. Anna Jarvis began a campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in the United States in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. Since May begins on a Sunday this year, and if you still need to get a gift for your mom, remember that we are celebrating early this year. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8 - which means that on May 7 there will be a run on flowers and cards. In fact, one-quarter of all flower and plant purchasesmade for a holiday happen around Mother’s Day. Cards are the most popular “gift” given on Mother’s Day, with over 120 million sent each year. More phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year, causing phone usage to go up by as much as 37 percent. Mother’s Day is also the busiest day of the year for restaurants in America, with brunch being the most popular meal. For some people, Mother’s Day is a little bittersweet as it may be a time to remember our lost loved ones and all the wonderful influences they had on our lives. So, if you happen to be missing your mom this Mother’s Day, take a look in the mirror. You just might catch a glimpse of her. Class and Sass. Fun and Funky. Marguerite living her best life!