My inspiration for life came from my mother Anna Gardner Krell who taught me the value of resourcefulness.
My mother was socially involved with the community and had numerous cocktail and card parties. Therefore, entertaining became second nature to me. My elder sister Claire helped to formulate my sense of style as I grew into a young woman. I followed in her footsteps and worked as a beautician before marrying my first husband Bill.
Bill and I owned a tavern in downtown Shakopee...Engel’s Place. We hosted parties at the tavern and in our home. Food, drink, and laughter permeated my life then and now. The essence of my youth remains due to the fact that I have maintained my mental agility through the activities I pursue. I create happiness through being with family and friends, laughing and reminiscing, and most importantly, being engaged in all of these moments.
Even after celebrating her 90th birthday this past July, Ione Theis, a woman of many wonders, continues to be active and engaged in life as a trendsetter for all ages. The local historian and worldwide entertainer, was first recognized for her melodious contributions as the anchoring alto in the famous group The Harmonettes. In the late 1990’s, Ione spearheaded the Senior Recyclable Card Company (SRCC), creating joy and promoting a healthy environment for all. (SRCC is currently undergoing negotiations for a buy-out from Hallmark, as stated by an unidentified source in the Shakopee Valley News). Even through all of her fame and fortune, Ione remembers the rough and tumble life she once endured in the Dakota Prairies. She reflects on all of life’s experiences and remains one of America’s most beloved, for her creativity and generosity have exceeded most others.
I called my mother this morning to be the first to wish her well, but she was already out the door!