On the Clock: Mary Jo George | SummitDaily.com

On the Clock: Mary Jo George

Summit Daily/Andrew Tolve Mary Jo George, a local of 20 years, left her home town of Manitowoc, Wisc. in 1978 for a life of adventure - and toys.

FRISCO – Mary Jo George’s life story has the ring of a classic Summit County script.In 1978, the then-19-year-old George and two girlfriends packed everything they owned into a car, picked a spot on the map (probably California) and left the rural town of Manitowoc, Wisc. – known for manufacturing ice machines and construction cranes – for the undiscovered west. “I just needed a change in my life,” George said Monday, explaining that Denver was destined to be the end of their odyssey. “I wanted to explore.”Seven years later, one of her girlfriends had returned to Wisconsin as a chiropractor, the other had returned as a psychiatrist, and George – with no intention of returning at all – found herself in the small mountain cradle of Summit County.

“We (George and her husband) said that we would stay for five years, and 20 years later, here we are!” George said.What do you like best about working in a toy store?”It’s just a fun atmosphere because people are either pregnant, expecting children, or they have children. It’s fun helping people find that perfect gift or the perfect toy.”

What do you do when you’re not working?”My favorite thing to do is play tennis. I’m the captain of the Breck 4.0 women’s daytime doubles team, and we just won the state finals. I also cross-country ski, downhill ski and run.”

If you could have any other job, what would it be?”Probably an interior designer … or an accountant.”What’s something people might be surprised to know about you?”Well, my husband left banking and went into the ministry and became a pastor. So now I’m a pastor’s wife! That might be shocking to some people.”

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