Massey Marina General Manager Pattie Marks serves up lunch to customers around the counter July 6, 2017. After a career in the mental health field Pattie Marks thought she was ready to slow down. Fast forward seven-years she hesitantly sits down to talk about the Massey Marina community she has grown to love. “I was getting to the point that I wanted to,” she starts to laugh, “semi retire. This position came open and I applied… and I got it.” Her happy demeanor is obvious, “I love it, I absolutely love it.” She says. Her responsibilities do not include the Massey Park and campgrounds just running the marina and cafe but the more she talks of the campers and boaters it’s evident Marks plays a bigger role than any job description covers. Someone needs a life jacket? She has extras. Boater have trouble on the river, get towed in and need a car to drive into Dubuque? She hands over the keys… to her own car. With the help of her son, they get it done. “We, have ice, firewood, we’re pet friendly, handicapped accessible, we’re here for their needs.” She continues “On Saturday afternoons we have a live band,” she points to an area near the deck, “right down there on that little stage from 2-6 P.M. People love it.” She grins, nodding her head up and down. “It’s fun.” When asked about the river, she stops for a moment, still smiling, “The river? She can be mean. The flooding, Memorial Day Weekend, It was bad, we sandbagged for the first time but we got through it.” After finishing lunch one of the seven customers at the counter pays his bill and starts for the door. “Don’t forget breakfast Sunday, two eggs over Walleye filets and hash browns. That’s the special.” Smiling she collects plates, wipes down the counter and disappears into the kitchen. The room seems to dim a little.