Mt. Vernon Register-News


September 14, 2013

Senior Saints inductees announced


Linda Duckworth became a nurse for Crossroads Community Hospital in the intensive care unit, and through the years shown her compassion for others. She has been active in fundraising and raising diabetes awareness through ADA. She was two-time president of Crossroads Community Hospital Auxiliary. Under her leadership, the chapel and gift shop were placed in the hospital. She was very active in establishing the Veterans Memorial in Woodlawn. She worked with the committee for the memorial on events and fundraising. Throughout the years, Linda has been active in her church, teaching Sunday school classes, working in VBS and the church nursery. A few years ago, she saw a need in the community for a place for people in need to acquire clothing and household items. with the help of her Sunday school class, she established "God's Closet" along with the "Harlow Food Pantry."

Norma Dyer retired from Illinois Bell Telephone Company to become a township employee helping others through the work program. She became township clerk and served for more than 20 years. Her volunteerism includes a wide variety of participation. She has been a Girl Scout leader for many years. She volunteers with the hospital auxiliary at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, where she helps in the gift shop and other areas of the hospital. She is an active member of her church and has helped on numerous projects including building fund drives, food pantries, teaching Sunday school, VBS, coordinating fellowships, funeral meals, nursery care and more. She volunteers for Meals on Wheels every week. She has been an active member of the township government and volunteers her time to the Jefferson County Historical Society and the public library.

George Gifford worked for many years at Tri-City Grocery in Mt. Vernon and Kroger prior to his retirement. During his 91 years, he has continued to show tremendous love for his community and country. He enlisted in the U.S. Army after Pearl Harbor and served in the South Pacific during World War II. Closer to home, he was the village board president of Waltonville. While holding that position, he was instrumental in many changes and improvements including securing a sewer system for the village. He is described as a hard worker and provider for his late wife of 68 years, Dorothy, as well as his children and grandchildren. He continued to make a difference int he lives of those close to him as a man of faith who loves and supports his church.

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