Longtime Intergris Marshall County Medical Center auxiliary member Jean Pyeatt was recognized Thursday with a salad luncheon celebrating her 2013 Volunteers with Spirit Award from the Oklahoma Hospital Association.
The award recognizes exceptional individuals who possess the qualities that exemplify spirit — eagerness, motivation, heart, bounce, liveliness, passion, caring, vivaciousness and sparkle.
"Jean brings something special to IMCMC and has a passion to volunteer and to help others," said Teresa Townsend, hospital marketing director.
The 90-year-old Pyeatt has been a hospital auxiliary member for more than 25 years. She and her husband, Al, retired to Lake Texoma when they were in their 60s.
"It wasn't long before Jean was volunteering at the hospital as one of our Pink Ladies, also known as our Hospital Auxiliary," Townsend said. "Even though she lost Al seven years ago, Jean has remained active in the community in numerous ways. Not many who are younger can keep up with her. She has given up a few things, such as serving as a receptionist for Weight Watchers after five years, serving as a member of United Methodist Women and serving as a hospice volunteer for our hospice for five years until 2009 when it closed.
"But don't think she has slowed down any; Jean still does a lot more. She works Wesley's Closet, which is a ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Kingston. She helps with the annual Christmas bazaar for her church each year. She is the inspector for the county precinct, located at the Kingston Senior Citizen's Center, working from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each time we have an election. Jean enjoys picking up trash along the highway where she lives, and even has her own special vest to alert motorists that she is on the road. She crochets and knits and works puzzles daily — anything to keep busy. Jean has a garden every year, and still cans vegetables. You will be blessed if she lets you try her homemade beets or pickled okra."
Townsend encourages area residents, "If you see Jean, please take a moment to thank her for all her years of service to IMCMC and to Marshall County."