All of our Residents at Villa Guadalupe have very interesting lives. Some have accomplished so much in their lives, while others still contribute to the community.
Sami “Strongbull” Daniels worked at Villa Guadalupe for two years. Then when the apartments were built she moved in. She has been in the home for 11 years and is one who has done much, and continues to live a very busy life.
Sami had a Cheyenne mother and a Welsh father. She learned much about the Cheyenne culture mostly from her grandmother who taught her beading and leather work (moccasins, vests, etc.). After serving five years in the Air Force, she married and had seven children. At the age of 40 she ran the “World Championship Pack Burro Race” 25 miles over Mosquito Pass in Colorado, at 13,000 feet. She did this three times. She moved to Gallup after one of her sons moved to the area.
From 1982-2002 Sami participated in the Senior Olympics, winning a total of 117 gold medals, 36 silver medals and 12 bronze medals in swimming and track & field events.
She was one who was always very “crafty” and spends much of her day between painting, jewelry making, pottery, crochet and embroidery. She still helps out at the Home by filling in at the Receptionist desk when needed. We pray that she will be able to continue her many good works for many more long years!