Routt County Spotlight: Mary Ann Ninger

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Mary Ann Ninger

— Age: 51

Occupation: Administrative support staff for the Routt County Probation Department on weekdays, wedding cake designer on weekends

Place of birth: New Brunswick, N.J.

Q. When did you move to Routt County, and what brought you here?

A. June 2001. My family and I had vacationed in Steamboat for years and loved it. An untimely layoff and our fatigue with the New York City rat race sent us packing to Steamboat.

Q. What's the biggest risk you've taken recently?

A. Leaving my full-time career as a pastry chef (because of back problems)

Q. Describe your morning routine.

A. Three cups of coffee plus 30 minutes of exercise.

Q. Has a book ever changed your life? What was it and why?

A. Thomas L. Friedman's "Longitudes and Attitudes." It helped me absorb the horror and enormity of Sept. 11.

Q. What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

A. Do what you love, and the money will follow. (But it never did!)

Q. What three things would you want people to know about you?

A. 1) I have a wonderful family: my husband, teenage daughter and two great cats. 2) My passion in life is baking. 3) I love the mountains, especially in winter.

Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?

A. A UN translator.

Q. If you could invite any four people to dinner, who would they be and what would you talk about?

A. My father, who passed away when I was a child; Thomas Friedman, Eleanor Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. We would talk about history, politics and the future of our country.

Q. In the Meatloaf song, "I'd do anything for love, but I won't do that," what is that?

A. Eat processed desserts.

Q. Who is your favorite superhero? Why?

A. My mother, who recently passed away. She raised five children all by herself while working two jobs.

Q. If you could go back in time, to what event or time period would you go?

A. American Revolutionary times. It was painful and bloody, but experiencing the birth of our democracy must have been monumentally inspiring.

Favorites

Book: "Gone With the Wind," by Margaret Mitchell

Song: "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel

Food: Italian

Sport to watch: Tennis

Magazine: Pastry Art and Design

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