The Giving Heart of Mary Lue Hicks
Mary Lue has dedicated much of her life to serving Nebraska Methodist Hospital. She earned her nursing diploma at the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in 1949. Following time in California and New York, Mary Lue returned to Nebraska in 1962 and served Methodist Hospital for 20 years as Assistant Director, Director and Vice President of Nursing Services. These years were very special to Mary Lue. "I learned a lot through my years at Methodist. Methodist wouldn't maintain the reputation it has in the community without a competent and caring nursing staff. I hope I contributed to that," she says.
After her retirement Mary Lue continued to serve Methodist as part of Volunteers in Partnership. She began volunteering in the Methodist Hospital Gift Shop, where she continues to work today. Mary Lue has volunteered nearly 4,000 hours of service! If you ask Mary Lue, she wouldn't have it any other way. "It makes you feel good. You get a personal feeling of satisfaction when you help meet someone's needs." Mary Lue says, "You're doing something, you're helping, and it reflects well on Methodist that they have people who want to volunteer there."
In addition to volunteering, Mary Lue wanted to give back to Nebraska Methodist College. She decided to set up a charitable gift annuity through Nebraska Methodist Hospital Foundation. Not only was her gift benefiting Nebraska Methodist College, but she was securing additional income for herself. "It's nice to have a wonderful way to give to a good cause and benefit from it at the same time," says Mary Lue. With the charitable gift annuity, Mary Lue was able to contribute to the Charlotte Schultz Student Center, a place for past and future alumni to celebrate through activities and gatherings. Mary Lue states, "College life is enhanced when there is a place for people to get together on a personal as well as professional basis. Those are the memories you carry with you, and I wanted to contribute to that."
For more information on how to establish a charitable gift annuity, please contact Elizabeth Borisow at (402) 354-4825.
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