Get to know a Golden senior: Charlene Pazar

Posted 12/20/19

Whether it be Mother Jones, Mary Rippon or Ellen Watson, Goldenite Charlene Pazar puts her heart and soul into learning about, and portraying, these significant women of the past.

“So many …

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Get to know a Golden senior: Charlene Pazar

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Whether it be Mother Jones, Mary Rippon or Ellen Watson, Goldenite Charlene Pazar puts her heart and soul into learning about, and portraying, these significant women of the past.
“So many of our stories are not in the books,” Pazar said of women’s history. The Legendary Ladies “try to acquaint people with the amazing things that women have done.”
The Legendary Ladies is a nonprofit, living history group that performs the stories of important women who lived west of the Mississippi River from approximately 1825-1950. Pazar, 79, has been involved with the group since 1997.
Pazar is a Colorado native who was born in Denver on Feb. 29, 1940. She has a twin brother who lives in Montrose. Their other sibling, a sister, died about two months ago.
Pazar met her husband Bill, also a Colorado native, one night when she went out dancing during the time he was attending the Colorado School of Mines. The two married in 1962, and they raised two daughters — Michelle, who lives in Lakewood; and Patrice, who died about five years ago at age 46.
Bill died in 2009.
“I’ve had a lot of losses,” Pazar said. “Dancing has helped me bury my grief.”
A lifelong dancer, Pazar particularly enjoys tap, clog, ballroom and Victorian dancing. She is currently planning a formal Victorian ball, open to the public, to take place on Feb. 1 in Westminster.
Though she’s been involved with the Golden community in a variety of ways, Pazar is perhaps best known for the 20 years that she and her husband organized the annual Buffalo Bill Days celebration.
“It was a tremendous amount of work,” Pazar said, “but a lot of fun.”
Pazar’s main task was putting on the parade — something she did until 2009. She and Bill selected the participants and especially enjoyed interviewing with the grand marshals and honored guests.
“We got to meet so many neat people,” Pazar said.
At one point, several thousand people were involved in some way with the parades, Pazar said, from marching bands to local businesses and car clubs to equestrian organizations.
“I always enjoyed parades, and I got pretty good at doing them,” Pazar said. “Seeing all the people line up to watch the parade really made me feel good.”
Pazar had a career as a legal secretary and retired in December 2003 as a security analysist for the Department of Energy at Rocky Flats. Her volunteer efforts include twice serving on Golden’s planning commission and chairing the Committee for the Preservation of North Table Mountain in the 1970s.
“We saved it from mining,” Pazar said, whose efforts eventually led to a portion of North Table Mountain becoming a Jefferson County Open Space Park. “It would’ve been a big mining operation. But today, that park up there is really enjoyed.”
Pazar likes Golden because it’s a “town you can get involved with,” she said, and loves her house — the same one she has lived in since 1966.
She feels one of her greatest accomplishments is that she’s “kept on going,” she said. Seniors are important to the community and it’s vital for them to have options to remain engaged, social, active and involved, Pazar said.
“Seniors are talented people,” Pazar said, “and we’re interested in doing things, too.”

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