HERMISTON - The Good Shepherd Auxiliary has been a dedicated service group for 50 years.

Jean Fenton-Sturza, president of the auxiliary, chose nine long-time members to receive special service awards.

David Hughes, Kelly Sanders and Cindy Schaan of Good Shepherd Medical Health Care System presented them with roses and a plaque as Sturza read their accomplishments Thursday at GSMC.

"The auxiliary has made a great contribution to Good Shepherd," Sanders said. "We really appreciate the things you do. On behalf of the administration and employees I thank you for all you do, we don't say it enough."

Madeline Buckley has worked in many areas of the hospital since 1983. She was recognized for her "terrific spirit" and her many years as chairperson of the emergency room and reception desk in the front lobby.

Kay Frost moved to Umatilla in 1972, where she joined the Umatilla Hospital Auxiliary. Frost joined Good Shepherd later after the Umatilla Hospital closed its doors. She is known for crocheting and at 94 years of age, still supplies the Auxiliary Gift Shop with lovely baby sweater sets to sell.

Ruth Ann Hunt started working with the auxiliary at the Emergency Room reception desk in 1991. She has worked at the gift shop and at many bazaars and book sales.

Margaret Liebe is now the timekeeper of the auxiliary. She was treasurer for 25 years. She has volunteered in many departments including day surgery since 1975.

Veta Montgomery moved to Hermiston in 1982 and joined the auxiliary. She has been active in the Auxiliary Thrift Shop and the bazaars.She has created many baby quilts that sell in the gift shop.

Mary Ellen Paul has helped out in the gift shop, stuffing envelopes for the billing department, the Thrift Shop and at the Emergency Room reception desk.

Marie Rodriquez joined the group in 1958. She has worked the reception desk and pushed a juice cart and most recently worked in the Thrift Shop.

Helen Sawyer joined in 1989. She worked in the billing department and was willing to fill in wherever there was a need.

Marjorie Weber worked the Emergency Room reception desk for many years. She has helped with many bazaars and worked in many departments whenever she was asked.

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