She said she was somewhat surprised she was approved for the position on a permanent basis.
"I really did not think I would get it, that I would do it. Could I do the job? Absolutely. I never had a question in my mind. I was thinking maybe someone a little younger than myself. Plus, I just didn't think they would have me do this, that they would want someone who has been in a big, professional-type situation."
She said if there was one thing she would like to bring into the center right now it would be funding support for the Community Advocacy Program for senior services specialists, like Cathy Torres and her geriatrics program, which is geared for the community, not just senior center regulars.
"Because we have limited funding she can't come here as often," Gilley said. "Without that, (people) have to go to Fort Worth. They don't have cars, or money, to do that."
Other than that, Gilley feels there are a wealth of programs and activities in place and she hopes to keep those going.
"To me everything runs great, runs smooth," she said. "The directors before me implemented some fun, fun things. We want to make it fun, we want to make it creative and we want to make it a learning center."
Gilley became active at the center when she and her husband, Eddie, began volunteering there in 2007.
Known for being fun, even a little zany at times, Gilley is anything but pretentious. She will don funny clothes and hats, dance, strike a funny pose for a camera and loves to wear crazy socks people anonymously leave for her in her office.
Don't expect that to change even though she is the new executive director. Beyond that, she said she appreciates the backing and support she has received from her board, the senior center's participants and the community at large, especially in supporting their important fundraisers such as the annual garage sale and Monday's A Taste of Palo Pinto County at Holiday Hills Country Club.
Look for the Mineral Wells Senior Center's page on Facebook. The center is located at 102 N.W. 6th Ave. and the phone number is 940-325-6470. Gilley can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.