If you come to Parkland Health Center for an appointment on a Tuesday afternoon, chances are you will be greeted and assisted by Irene Gillespie. Irene has been an auxiliary volunteer for twelve years. This might sound routine until you learn that Irene recently celebrated her 95th birthday!
“I like everything about it,” sums up Irene when she talks about her volunteer time at Parkland. “I have enjoyed every minute of it. I’ve also enjoyed the people I’ve worked with. I like people!”
Irene is a busy lady. Her position at the hospital’s front desk keeps her constantly engaged with greeting patients and family members, giving directions, escorting patients to appointments and answering questions.
She also volunteers at Presbyterian Manor in Farmington where she now lives. On Thursdays and Saturdays she delivers mail to the residents at the large residential facility. In addition, she participates in activities at the manor and spends considerable time on her favorite hobby; needle work.
Irene retired in 1984 from a long career as secretary and receptionist at the outpatient clinic at Southeast Missouri Mental Health Center in Farmington. But she certainly didn’t slow down.
Her secret to a long, healthy life? “I just feel like the Lord has blessed me,” she said.