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Friends, family honor longtime advocate for seniors in Abilene

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ABILENE, Texas - After dedicating decades of her life to others, 92-year-old Chris Kyker is taking time to enjoy herself.

She was honored at a retirement party Wednesday afternoon at Abilene Regional Medical Center, and Kyker said it's time to retire -- or at least slow down a little.

"I'm pretty amazed that they want to have a lot of friends come in and kind of wish me well in retirement," Kyker said.

"Well today we are honoring a Texas legend," said Michelle Parker, the director of community programs for the Area Agency on Aging for the West Central Texas Council of Governments.

Kyker was the founding director for the local Area Agency on Aging. She was also actively involved with the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature, a group that involves senior citizens in the legislative process and looks out for their best interests.

"There's a laundry list of accomplishments she has done over her lifetime, since she was in her 30s, much of it at a very high state level, a lot of legislative issues," Parker said.

After six decades of service and advocacy work for seniors and those with disabilities, Kyker said she couldn't have done it without the help of those who've stood beside her.

"Anything I've done in Abilene or Texas or wherever, it's only been possible because I've been surrounded by a group of committed people who want to do things," Kyker said.

Kyker said she's most proud of her family. She said now that she'll have more free time, she wants to write down her family's history for her five children, her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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