Pursuit of Service
When Randle Petway introduced me to his soon-to-be wife, Shirley, a few years ago – I knew, as they did, that a match was made! They shared a love for the outdoors, animals, and work. It’s so rare to find people like Randle and Shirley that just love helping people and improving things like they do. It’s been so inspiring to watch these two make service their goal in retirement. In the years I’ve known Randle, he’s had profound losses in his life with the passing of his first wife, and a daughter that became ill and has required long-term, ongoing care. Never once has either voiced a complaint, but instead they share their unending blessings.
So, when Shirley shared with me that she had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, I was certain it would slow them down. I was so very wrong. Shirley has served as a longtime volunteer for Lourdes Hospice and as a volunteer for West KY Emergency Vet Clinic. Recently when my dog was bitten by a poisonous snake we rushed him to the vet and none other than Shirley was there caring for pets and people (distressed over their pets). As she visited with us, I watched her care for other patrons and I suspect that not one recognized what she was dealing with…. Shirley, instead, focused on helping them.
Shirley now uses the very services that she has volunteered for over the years at Lourdes Hospice. It never crossed my mind that she’d continue to volunteer while being on hospice herself. But knowing Shirley, it never crossed her mind that she’d quit giving her time and talents to people in need.
They remind us that even in dark periods, we can still bring light to others.
We will miss Shirley and the drive she had to help people!