Nelson and Marilyn Cederberg will both miss the same thing about the Surface Creek Valley lifestyle when they move to Florida soon.
They will most of all miss the people here -- the neighbors and friends they have made over 10 years of sharing their lives and being an active part of community in Surface Creek Valley.
Lifestyles for the Cederbergs' neighbors and friends will change as well when the active and popular couple head south for sunnier and warmer climes soon.
Their neighbors hosted a big going away event for the couple at the Stolte Shed last Thursday, Jan. 14. The emotion of the crowd was perhaps best stated by the poster that had been put on display for the evening: "Marilyn and Nelson, We Will Miss You Every Day. Your Friends."
The event hosted by their friends probably says as much about the kind of lifestyle they have experienced and contributed to as anything else. "They really treated us like royalty," Nelson said following the event.
One of their friends attending the going away party said, "What great neighbors. Just great people."
The Cederbergs have hosted open-invitation bocce ball games for friends and neighbors at their home on Wednesday nights during the summer months.
Another of their friends -- among the dozens attending the event -- said, "They have touched every corner of the community."
Marilyn was active in the local Zeta Omicron chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority and a number of her sorority sisters and their husbands attended the event. There were Pioneer Town volunteers who had worked tirelessly alongside Nelson on the weekly work days and special projects for the community museum.
Another friend said, "They have to come back for the Halloween party." The Cederbergs also hosted an annual Halloween party at their home.
Nelson told the Delta County Independent that one of the great things about the Surface Creek Valley lifestyle is that "Everybody here understands everyone else."
In addition to the people, Nelson also said there are two other things that make the valley's lifestyle special.
One is that "Religion is extremely important in life, and there are 12 churches in this little town." Nelson and Marilyn both played in the bell choir at the Eckert Presbyterian Church and Nelson served on the church session.
The other special quality about the area, Nelson noted, is that, "This is one of the most patriotic areas in the country." He was active in and served as adjutant for the local Cobbett-Welty American Legion Post #104.
Nelson and Marilyn's 10-year residence in the valley also saw them participating in a number of other activities and service roles showing that the valley's lifestyle provides ample opportunity for community service. Those include participating in a wine tasting club; serving as vice-president of the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society; a member of the Cedaredge Public Library Foundation Board of Directors; supporting Friends of the Cedaredge Public Library; and, service on the Surface Creek Community Services food bank board of directors. Nelson was even elected to the Cedaredge Town Board.
When there was volunteer work to be done at Pioneer Town, he was always available, whether to pilot the riding lawn mower around, cutting grass on Wednesdays, rooting out a mouse nest from a building, or making another building secure against crawly things, said a fellow volunteer.
With the tables full of homemade finger foods, a toast to the couple, plenty of friends and neighbors, and calls for a speech, Nelson said,
"It got a little bit emotional."