Murel Johnson arrives at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center at 10:30 a.m. and, clipboard in hand, reviews her deliveries for the day.
She’s driven this Friday route for the local Meals on Wheels program, hand-delivering hot meals to seniors and residents with disabilities, for 16 years.
She knows the route by heart and by all accounts she’s one of the program’s most reliable drivers. Over the winter, program supervisor Maria Bigelow said, Johnson missed only one day because of snow.
She’s also the oldest driver in a fleet of volunteers.
In fact, at 93, she’s older than all of her clients.
On Friday, Johnson let me join her for her weekly delivery: 20 meals over 10 stops. I loaded two coolers of the day’s special – fish tacos and salads – into the back of her Mercedes station wagon and hopped into the passenger seat.
“You’ve got your belt on?” she asks. And off we …