Life’s too short and for Gene Slorstad, it’s all about living it to the fullest.
“I’m always told that I’m coming and going,” Slorstad said as she sits on her husband’s favorite chair.
The avid walker enjoys the scenery in Fort St. James as she embarks on her daily regime which often includes a walk around the loop.
“I love the scenery here, the lake, Parens Beach and Big Bay,” she said.
Slorstad originally arrived in Fort St. James in 1968. In 1975, the mine closed.
“My husband worked at the mine and when it closed we didn’t know what to do so we went to Kimberly which is where I was born.”
After a few more moves, the couple settled in Saskatoon where they lived for 24 years.
Slorstad is proud to have raised four boys and now has nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one grandchild on the way in November.
It was her children that brought Slorstad back to Fort St. James.
She and her second husband packed up and came back to the Fort to help with her son’s hotel/motel business.
“I will be 6 years ago since we came back. My son and his wife needed us to help run things for a few months so we did. It felt good to be back,” Slorstad said.
“My husband Tom passed away 5 years ago. I wasn’t sure what to do but my boys wanted me to stay.”
And since then, Slorstad decided that Fort St. James is home.
“The people are so friendly and I love small town living. I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren. I love cooking and playing cards. I used to belong to the bridge club and the Legion in town.”
But today, the 85-year-old has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.
“I have a busy summer ahead. I have a few weddings to attend and I love that Prince George isn’t so far away. It’s so nice to visit there. I love the night life. It’s all good.”