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Anita Marcussen says she bleeds Arvada.
A Colorado native, she moved to Arvada when she was 2 years old. In retirement, she has dedicated her days to preserving the town’s history and enriching the lives of students.
“She’s always been a volunteer, but since she retired in 2014 she is a tireless volunteer,” said Sally Grammer, a former coworker and fellow volunteer at the Arvada Historical Society. “She’s just an incredible person. She just gives so much of herself to Arvada people.”
The giving of herself and her time is why Marcussen, 71, was named the 2018 Women of the Year by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, which will recognize her April 4 at the chamber’s 67th Annual Awards Luncheon.
“This is very overwhelming to me,” Marcussen said. “It’s real humbling.”
At the Arvada Historical Society, Marcussen performs many tasks, from maintaining the gardens at the McIlvoy House, coordinating the cemetery tour and the trick-or-treat street events at the Flour Mill to giving school tours and creating the Harvest Festival float.
But her favorite thing to do is host quarterly teas at the McIlvoy House — she does all the baking and cooking.
“I like being behind the scenes,” Marcussen said. “Catering is something I’m passionate about. I love to do the teas, the annual breakfast. That’s what I love to do.”
Marcussen also organizes a tea for the Arvada West Foundation to raise money for scholarships, and she volunteers with her husband at Arvada K-8, where her great-grandchildren attend school.
Ironically, she attended school in that building when it was Arvada High.
At the school she teaches students to make butter and perform historical reenactments.
“I like to keep busy and do the right things,” Marcussen said. “There are so many needs out there and so many little things a person can do that make a difference, too.”
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