Markleeville senior reaches out to tornado victims |

Markleeville senior reaches out to tornado victims

by Caryn Haller
Caryn Haller

Markleeville resident Gwen McGinley needs help getting some plush toys to Oklahoma.

The 99-year-old heard about businesses sending toys to survivors of the recent tornado, and wanted to help. Unfortunately, she’s having trouble connecting with them.

“I think somebody should have them that needs them,” she said of her Christmas teddy bear and Santa Claus doll. “The people of Oklahoma need them.”

McGinley was born April 6, 1914, in the Markleeville Hotel, now named the Wolf Creek Restaurant and Bar.

“My grandfather owned it, and my mom and aunt ran it,” she said. “I helped in the hotel, and waited tables.”

When she was 10, her family moved to San Pedro, Calif., where she eventually met and married her husband, and raised a family working as an office manager for Golden State Creamery and Chicken of the Sea.

After the death of her husband, John, she decided to move back home to Markleeville.

Being mostly blind, McGinley lives with her daughter and son-in-law.

If anyone knows about a group collecting toys for Oklahoma children, contact Diana Mitzner at (530) 694-9691, or come by The Record-Courier, 1503 Highway 395 in Gardnerville.