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An Adventurous Life

An Adventurous Life

It's an unusually cool and rainy day in May, but that doesn't stop Lela Palmer from stopping by her ceramics class at the Cary Senior Center in Cary, North Carolina.

For Palmer, the class is just another adventure in a lifetime of enriching experiences.

"I'm just trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up," says Palmer, 70.

After various careers working for Head Start, a senator and the World Bank, Palmer spent time at the Center for Strategic and Interactive Studies, where she was able to meet President Reagan and finance her education in political studies at Georgetown University.

"I'm grateful for the variety," she says. "I've always done creative arts and volunteer service. And I'm grateful for all the time giving because each one of those career lives was a life of service in order to give to other people and to help."

Palmer later served as director of fundraising and public information for the American Heart Association before going into the insurance business and traveling the country with her husband.

"It's really amazing when I stop and think back about it," she says.

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