Madison Magazine June-July 2019 - Page 16

Meet Your Neighbor Gift shop volunteer for 30 years and going strong W hen Lolly Hissom began her volunteer work at the gift shop in what was then Pattie A. Clay Hospital 30 years ago, she was still teaching health and physical education at Madison Central High School. “I just felt that I needed to do something, and some of my friends were working in the gift shop, so I thought I’d give it a try,” said the Richmond resident who turns 88 in Au- gust. It was obviously a positive experience, since Hissom has been working her 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. shift in the gift shop in what is now Baptist Health Richmond “three or four Mondays each month” for 30 16 Madison Magazine J U N E - J U LY 2 0 1 9 Story and photos by Frank Kourt years, continuing after her retirement in 1991. “I don’t know where the time went,” said the retired teacher, who brings an infec- tious smile and a cheerful, upbeat attitude to her volun- teer work at the hospital. Her favorite part of the work? “It’s the people,” she says without hesitation. “Both the people I work with and those who come in to browse or buy,” she explained. “People are fun!” Not surprisingly, after a long career in teaching, she meets many of her former students as part of her work. Indeed, her supervisor, Paula Felty, manager of the gift shop, is herself a former student. Hissom, who was born in northern Kentucky, near Covington, attended Eastern I just felt that I needed to do something, and some of my friends were working in the gift shop, so I thought I’d give it a try Kentucky University, then known as Eastern Kentucky State Teacher’s College, where she earned bachelor of arts degrees in both health and physical education and Eng- lish, and went back to earn a master of arts in English, and then a rank one in health education. She and her husband, Jack, of Portsmouth, Ohio, will celebrate their 63rd year of marriage in June. Jack is a retired coach who coached both basketball and baseball on the elementary, high school and university levels. He too is retired and the couple live with their daughter, Jill, in Richmond. Jill is one of the couple’s four children. John and Jerry