|Williams resident Ursula Garcia spends four days per week at the Williams Senior center. Ryan Williams/WGCN|
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Although it initially took some convincing to get Ursula F. Garcia to go to the Bill Williams Senior Center, she is now a regular.
Garcia, who was born in Williams in 1923 and has lived here her whole life, first started going to the center at the suggestion of her sister.
"She kept saying, 'go to lunch at the senior center,'" Garcia recalled. "I finally made it."
Garcia has been going to the senior center for about 10 years. She usually goes four times a week.
"It's important for the seniors but a lot of them don't come," she said.
One of the activities that Garcia enjoys at the senior center is playing bingo.
"I don't know how to play cards or anything else," she said.
Although Garcia's hands don't allow her to embroider anymore, they do allow her to play Wii bowling, which is her favorite activity at the senior center. Max Bishop, the director of the senior center, taught her how to play.
"Sometimes, like today, I did good," she said. One year, Garcia received a trophy for the most improved Wii bowler.
Another aspect Garcia likes about coming to the senior center is the opportunity to socialize.
"I enjoy coming here to eat, of course, and to talk to people," she said.
Apart from the activities, Garcia served as the center's secretary for about five years.
"I just had to write everything down, attend the meetings," she said.
One of Garcia's fond memories about her involvement at the senior center is being in two Williams parades. One year, members of the Bill Williams Senior Center rode in a bus in Williams High School's homecoming parade. Last year, they were in the Fourth of July parade.
"It was fun. Max kept telling us, 'wave to the people,' so there we were waving," she said with a laugh.