91-year-old woman takes a ‘Jump!’ behind the wheel

Just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday, Louise Spencer realized on of her lifelong dreams: driving a tractor-trailer truck.

Louise Spencer: 92 years old and gets behind the wheel to driveLouise Spencer: 92 years old and gets behind the wheel to drive

Louise, who lives at Chandler Place in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, says her late husband was an over-the-road trucker for 30 years, but she never drove. So the folks at Minnesota State College Southeast changed all that when they got Spencer in a truck on the driving range.

“I’ve always been fascinated with big trucks. Tons of steel and rubber barreling down the highway. Beautiful!” says Louise. “What would we do without trucks? They are so important to our everyday life.”

When Webb Weiman heard about her dream, he knew he could help make it come true. His California based non-profit, Jump!, helps seniors achieve what’s left on their bucket lists and inspires them to reach for their dreams. A film of Spencer driving will be posted on www.myjump.org

“Louise Spencer is a wonderful inspiration to her peers and to those of us who look at aging with some trepidation,” said Weiman. “Louise shows us that there is definitely life beyond the rocking chair.”

See WKTB’s coverage of Spender behind the wheel.