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Watauga Medical Center volunteer Mary Lee Jones has been a faithful volunteer for twenty years. She is a constant in her role and a real blessing to all who cross her path. Below in her own words, Mary Lee shares what brought her to the WMC volunteer family and what it has meant in her life.


Mary’s volunteer journey

After retiring from Appalachian State University in January 1998, my husband, Ernie and I, began looking for volunteer opportunities in our community. We wanted a way to do something meaningful to help others.

We decided to volunteer at Watauga Medical Center. At first I was asked to volunteer in the [Seby B. Jones Regional] Cancer Center, but I did not feel comfortable there. Instead I began volunteering on the outpatient surgery floor and Ernie in the pharmacy. We both enjoyed the camaraderie we felt with the patients, nurses and doctors.

While my volunteering kept me on the second floor of the hospital, Ernie’s position took him all over and often to the cancer center. He would tell me what a wonderful place it was and how many people were being helped there.


Continuing her husband’s legacy

After Ernie passed away in 2009, I felt a tug at my heart to move to the cancer center in my volunteering. Although I would miss the outpatient surgery staff, I knew I had come full circle and was supposed to be at the cancer center.

What a blessing this has been in my life! The patients are such a blessing to me in every way! I have made many lasting friendships. I look forward to my day of volunteering each week. When a patient passes, I grieve because they have touched my life and I know that I have also touched theirs in a small way.

I feel blessed to be able to serve my community in this way at the age of 82 and hope that I can do it for many more years!!

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