In the past I have mentioned the card players and domino players many times. Sometimes it was to make those who are not visitors to the center aware of some of the activities going on at the center and other times it was just to remind you that everyone is welcome to come and spend some time at the center with others who also like to spend their time at the center.

In the past I have mentioned the card players and domino players many times. Sometimes it was to make those who are not visitors to the center aware of some of the activities going on at the center and other times it was just to remind you that everyone is welcome to come and spend some time at the center with others who also like to spend their time at the center.

Today this column is about one of the seniors who spent time at the center (almost every day) doing the activities she enjoyed most. Her name was Brenice (better known as Bren) Poe. She was a remarkable lady and, although she passed away several months ago at the age of 91, she was well liked and will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Bren was born in Chicago to a family that had a family tree dating back to the early 1600s in the new world of America. She was a 1945 graduate of the Monroe College of Optometry in Chicago and the only member of her family to receive a college degree. Bren was now an accredited optometrist and she worked in that profession until she retired in 1994. She married her first husband, Richard Ligman, while in college and had one child, a daughter, Martye McCall. After her first husband died, she married Robert Poe.

When Bren retired she moved to Shawnee to help her daughter, who was starting a health food store — you may remember it as the Good Earth Nutrition Center. For 14 years, Bren had a new job. After the store closed, Bren kept busy with her daughter and family and her friends. She was faithfully at the Shawnee Senior Center four days each week. She played Canasta and her favorite game, chicken foot dominoes. On the fifth day (every Thursday) she could be found at St. John’s Lutheran Church for their pot luck lunch and chicken foot dominoes or cards.

But card playing and dominoes were not the only things that Bren did at the Shawnee Senior Center. For several years she was on the board of directors for the center, participating in all its meetings as the Project Heart representative to the board. After she became physically disabled and she was no longer able to attend, she was greatly missed.

Bren passed away on June 15 of this year. She was a remarkable person, a friend to all who knew her and, as one of those card playing people who sat across (as her partner) or on the side of her (as her opponent), she is missed by all of us.

Because her favorite game was chicken foot (which I will have to say I thought was a card game until very recently), Kate Joyce of the Shawnee Senior Center and Bren’s daughter Martye McCall will be sponsoring the first of a new annual Chicken Foot Domino Tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 17. There is no cost to enter this free tournament. The only qualifications are you must be “50 and better” and you must sign up no later than Oct. 12 to participate. Prizes for the top finishers and refreshments for all participants are free. Stop at the front desk to sign up or call in to the center to add your name to the list. The cutoff number to play is 48, so enter early. If you need additional information, the center’s number is 878-1528.

Now for some dates to remember besides the 17th of October, which is the Chicken Foot Tournament, there is also the “Indoor Yard Sale” on Friday, Oct. 5, from 9 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon. Tables are available for only $10 and the senior center is paying for the yard sale permit. Set up times are being scheduled now. Remember that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and drop in at the center on Friday and find your “treasure.” There’s no cost for looking, so check it out!

On Nov. 2, the Annual Heart, Mind, Body & Soul Health & Wellness Fair will be at the center from 10 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon. So plan on spending some time checking out the new services and products available in Shawnee, meet some new people and, if you are looking for something to fill up your spare time, check out how you can become a volunteer. There is no charge for coming in and checking out the services available in Shawnee.

And to keep up to date on what’s going on at the center, don’t forget to join Kate Joyce and Mike Askins on Wednesday mornings at 8:35 on KGFF Radio (FM100.9 or AM1450). They always have something new to say and the laughs are always contagious.

Pick up a calendar at the front desk of the center or go to the website ShawneeSeniors.org or check out the Facebook page at “Shawnee Senior Center” to keep up with all the events scheduled.

Remember, at the Shawnee Senior Center “age is just a number.”

And as always, see you at the center!