Margie Eads of Independence is a living example of what widows can do with their lives.

Margie Eads of Independence is a living example of what widows can do with their lives.

When her husband passed away, Eads found herself with time and memories on her hands. Living in Grandview, away from the city in which she raised a family, Eads discovered that memories can haunt a person.

One afternoon, the retired 82-year-old went to see her doctor, and that’s when she heard some advice she had subconciously been waiting for.

What made you volunteer?
I went to see my doctor and he told me I needed to do something, because I was widowed. He didn’t want me to not be around people. He said to go to a school and help teachers, or go to a hospital. I thought about it, and I knew I liked people. And if I could help them, that would be even better.

My doctor knew that I wasn’t very talkative, kinda quiet, but I do like people, so I knew it was an area I wanted to get into.

So I started volunteering at St. Joseph’s (Hospital) in about 2001.

What do you do now?
I volunteer in the surgery waiting room at St. Mary’s Medical Center. I’ve been doing it since 2009 or so. I help people when they need support or just do basic administrative work. It’s very gratifying. Not long ago, I had to comfort a family who had someone in surgery, and they were told that he wasn’t going to make it through. I was glad I could help, because in some ways it helped me. It still does.

What other volunteering do you do?
I make heart pillows for the patients, and I make bags for walkers.  I do that in my spare time, when I’m not volunteering at St. Mary’s. I volunteer here on Thursdays for about seven hours.

What other volunteer efforts would you like to try?
I wish they had something more for me to do, but I don’t know what I’m qualified to do. I’ll do whatever I can, I suppose. I just don’t want to sit around and feel sorry for myself.

What other’s say about Margie:
Margie embraces her job and it’s become an important part of her life. She’s committed to the patients and doctors here. I’d also like to say that most of our high school volunteers will be returning to school, so we need volunteers. We need them in the gift shop and as transporters. Luckily we have many people like Margie, but we need more. – Lillian Ratcliff, volunteer cordinator for St. Mary’s Medical Center