If you are wondering what Littleton, Centennial and Highland’s Ranch were like 50 some years ago, make sure you talk with Pay Mantey. She has lived in the Littleton, Highlands Ranch area for 52 years. Pat grew up in Decatur, Illinois, a town in Central Illinois. She went to college at Eastern Illinois University, a teacher’s college near where she grew up.
For a while Pat worked as a teacher and then moved to Kansas City. In Kansas City, Pat worked in the travel industry where she met her late husband. When their first son was about 2 years old, they moved to Colorado as her husband was a Colorado native. Pat eventually went back to teaching in elementary schools, but retired when her husband became ill.
Pat has two sons and eight grandchildren all who live in the Denver metro area. When asked what her most interesting experiences in life were, Pat talked about her grandchildren. She said she enjoyed being the only grandparent in town and “grew up” with her grandchildren, seeing them at least a couple times a week
Pat has lived in Highlands Ranch for four years now and has a patio home that takes a lot less work than the home in Littleton required. Pat’s mantra is “Keep busy to survive.” She keeps busy with all the friends she has met along the way and with the many groups she belongs to.
Pat enjoys visiting the museums and art galleries in Europe and will never forget her visit to Paris and Normandy. She stated that she is interested in history and that’s probably why she became a member of the Highland’s Ranch Historical Society.