Jefferson County Neighborhoods:
Lakewood – Thraemoor Meadows
A pleasant, compact neighborhood, Thraemoor Meadows is surrounded on three sides by other Thraemoor developments, which have been developed over the years. Its main thoroughfare is Vassar Way, a loop off the north side of Yale between Wadsworth and Sheridan boulevards in Lakewood. Strategically placed cul-de-sacs, which branch off from Vassar Way, allow these homes to back up to a well-maintained open area with tennis courts, pathways and a peaceful pond stocked with catfish.
Thraemoor Meadows consists of 29 single-family homes, a mixture of architectural styles and exterior compositions. Development began in 1981 by Town and Country Development Corporation. Mature trees and landscaping augment the peacefulness and quiet isolation of Thraemoor Meadows.
Organized: Thraemoor Meadows Home Owners Association of 29 homes. President, Gale Baker; Treasurer/Secretary, Jim and Debbora Beck. Annual dues of $500 fund the maintenance of the common area along Yale and the open area between the homes.
Real Estate Values: $415,000 to $485,500.
Public JeffCo Schools: Westgate Elementary School, Carmody Middle School and Bear Creek High School
Amenities: Quiet, quaint, and particularly friendly due to its size; Diversity in age and culture; Homeowners are attentive to maintenance of homes and landscaping.
Minuses: HOA meets only once a year—not very active. A large property to the north had many dead trees—could have become a hazard.
Felix and Margie Cook reside in the second home built in Thraemoor Meadows in 1982. Known in the neighborhood for their volunteer activities for the City of Lakewood and their favorite organizations, they are busier now that they are retired than when they worked full time. They do find time for their three children and eight granddaughters.
Felix has concentrated his activities with the City of Lakewood, whereas Margie’s relate to her nursing career. Felix has served on Lakewood’s Cultural Diversity and Human Relations Commission and has been a citizen member of promotion boards for city employees, such as Ron Burns, Lakewood Chief of Police. He has participated in diversity training programs sponsored by the city and in Mayor Steve Burkholder’s Mayor’s Breakfasts for his outreach to Blacks in the city. Both Cooks were big supporters of 2A, a successful sales tax initiative for the City of Lakewood in 2001, and Felix has volunteered for political campaigns centered in Lakewood.
Felix Cook, a native of Louisiana, began his professional career with his electrical engineering degree of Southern University in Baton Rouge. His entire career has been with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the majority of it spent on the Denver Federal Center. He became a licensed Professional Engineer and received his master’s degree from the University of Denver in Public Administration.
He has earned at least two firsts in his career. Governors Lamm and Romer appointed him to the Colorado State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors—the first Federal engineer to be thus appointed. He retired in 1999 as the Director of Engineering and Research for the agency—the first electrical engineer in that position.
Margie Ball Cook, a native of Texas, graduated from Loretta Heights College (now part of Regis University) with a nursing degree. She became a nurse practitioner, earned a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Colorado’s Health Sciences Center and a PhD. from the University of Denver in speech communications-conflict resolution within the Department of Psychology.
She has taught nursing and CPR classes and took training for First Alert through the Jefferson County Health Department to be a first responder in any kind of disaster. Somehow she finds time to work with Katrina victims who have come to Colorado and new immigrants from Sudan, Liberia, Ethiopia, Somalia and Ghana. Also, she went to Ghana to set up a school of nursing and plans to set up a health center. These endeavors are with Doctors Without Borders.
Margie particularly enjoys Thraemoor Meadows, because she has taken time to learn about the diverse cultures of their close-by neighbors: Europeans, Chinese, Taiwanese and Koreans.