Hometown Heroes Bring a Silver Lining to Others

By Melanie Chapman | mchapman@kolr10.com

Published 04/23 2014 08:11PM

Updated 04/23 2014 09:16PM

MARIONVILLE, Mo. -- A group of senior ladies who line dance take a silver lining wherever they go.

“Our name is Silver Liners, because we line dance for one thing,” says Frances Nelson. “And if we didn't find this little bottle at Wal-Mart that makes our hair a different color we would all be silver. And last of all, this brings a silver lining to our day and we hope it does to you.”

They have talent, but most of all personality. The Silver Liners are a line dance group with members ranging in age from 62 to 83. But they glow like teenagers when performing.

It all started when several ladies decided they wanted to learn how to line dance. Frances Nelson agreed to lead the way.

“So I got the ladies together and got the music together and started teaching them,” says Frances. “We started with the electric slide, we went from there.”

The Silver Liners perform at festivals and go to nursing homes and veterans homes to entertain residents.

“It's fun watching them,” says Don Glapsie.

“They were beautiful, I thought,” says June Jenkins.

Their energy is contagious, taking some people back in time.

“I square danced all over the country, never danced anywhere any further south of South America,” laughs John Jenkins.

Others just live in the moment.

Some of the residents jumped in, they even got Melanie Chapman in line.

They make it look easy, but these ladies work hard practicing at least twice a week.

“Oh my, it's so nice,” says Frances. “I feel like it keeps our body in shape and you have to really think and keep your mind focused, and so it's very good for seniors to have that.”

But what really keeps us all young, is that, a smile, just enjoying life. These ladies share the joy.

“You can see them kind of dancing with their feet even though they are sitting in the wheelchair you know they'll smile and clap and sing along,” says Frances. “It's wonderful.”

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