Flying through old age, Goldie style | Senior Living

To celebrate her 93rd birthday, Goldie Woehrle will do something a little unusual – she’s going skydiving.

Goldie Woehrle (right) and Jessica Nevin (left)

To celebrate her 93rd birthday, Goldie Woehrle will do something a little unusual – she’s going skydiving.

Goldie got the idea from watching her friend Jessica Nevin, 25, jump with Skydive Kapowsin five years ago.

“Ever since then, I’ve been really excited that I knew somebody that did something like that,” she said.

So two months ago, Goldie decided she’s going to jump from the plane on Sept. 27, simply because “It’s something I’ve never done,” she said.

Goldie’s been a Enumclaw resident since 1941, and worked for 20 years in the school’s lunch program, running the central kitchen at Kibler Elementary and cooking the main meal for the district’s students. Goldie retired in 1983, and currently lives at Living Court, an assisted living facility in Enumclaw. It was there where she got acquainted with Jessica.

Ever since watching Jessica jump, skydiving has been on Goldie’s mind. She followed stories in the Seattle Times about Felix Baumgartner, the man who jumped from 24 miles up and broke the sound barrier in 2012. Goldie cut out the news stories and mailed them to Jessica.

Goldie said she’s not worried about the jump, but she’s been anxious for the past few months, “twiddling her thumbs” until the day comes.

“I sprained my ankle sitting down a while ago, and a lady asked me if I was still going skydiving,” Goldie said. “I said, ‘I can only die once.’”

Goldie is also trying to get her grandson, Austin, to go on the same jump with her.

One of Goldie’s hobbies is poetry, and when Jessica jumped, Goldie wrote a poem for her. Now that she’s about partake in the same experience, she’s drafting a poem for herself. Of course, Goldie said, she can’t finish until after her jump.

Goldie said writing and poetry is how she can remember so many of her memories.

“The only thing that worries me is that all my life, I’ve suffered from motion sickness. But I’ve got a solution. I’m going to stick a plastic bag right here,” she said, patting her shoulder, where she plans to carry the bags in her flight suit.

 

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