80 Over Eighty Honoree – Gloria Arzola
Born on Valentine’s Day in 1933, 87-year-old Gloria Arzola was destined to be sweet.
Even through life’s challenges, Gloria’s friendly and caring nature shines. When Gloria and her four children first moved into their home through the Housing Authority of the City of Austin 41 years ago, she immediately took an active role in her community.
She understood the importance of speaking up and seeking out resources for herself and her neighbors. She enrolled her children in educational enrichment programs offered by the Housing Authority. Her advocacy paid off when one of her daughters received an educational scholarship and graduated as a Dental Assistant.
For many years, Gloria promoted educational, cultural, and recreational programs for housing residents through her participation in the Residents Council and City-Wide Advisory Board. Gloria has always been passionate about community involvement, distributing housing event flyers and urging neighbors to join her at annual housing events.
Gloria is clearly a doer. But, she’s not all business. She knows how to have fun, too. Gloria was an active participant in her favorite annual property event: Mayfest–a fiesta-themed festival for seniors. Gloria was crowned Queen of the Fiesta once, and as you can see from her photo, she still remembers her “fiesta pose.”
Gloria has been the recipient of the Housing Authority’s Resident of the Year award. And, she continues to be a valued member of her community. A little arthritis doesn’t stop her from checking in on her neighbors or welcoming new ones.
“Everyone is nice here.” She says about her community at Lakeside.
We’re all just neighbors looking out for each other.”
Gloria was nominated by Leilani Lim-Villegas for bringing joy and positivity to her neighbors as a valued member of the Lakeside community.
For her resilience, attentiveness toward her neighbors, and her sense of fun, Family Eldercare honors Gloria Arzola.
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