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Agnes Searle recognized for contributions to the community

Agnes Searle (second from left) was recognized for her contributions to the community by Pay it Forward Stevens County. Searle is pictured with her nominator, Emmy Kvatum (left) and members of the Pay it Forward Stevens County committee. 2 / 2

MORRIS – An “enthusiastic and active” member of the Morris community is the most recent resident recognized by Pay it Forward Stevens County.

Agnes Searle, a volunteer who helps other seniors in the community remain active participants in activities, was nominated for the award by members of Corinthian Chapter #77, Order of the Eastern Star.

Emmy Kvatum, writing on behalf of the group, said that Searle is always finding ways to help and assist others: “Although she is a senior citizen herself, Agnes gives daily rides to those who need to get to the doctor, the Senior Citizens Center, funerals, appointments, church and to various community events.”

Kvatum also mentioned Searle’s regular volunteer efforts at the Morris Senior Center and Federated Church. Searle helps set tables and clean up at the senior center, as well as helping with projects at the bazaar, “including peeling potatoes and making lefse.”

“Every Monday and Thursday afternoon you will find Agnes at the church with the quilters,” Kvatum wrote. “She has served on the funeral committee for many years, always working in the kitchen to make sure that the lunch is properly prepared and served.”

Searle’s contributions to the community extend beyond her official affiliations.

“She opens her home when a site is needed for wrapping Christmas presents for the needy, for card writing, or for assembling sewing projects. She has donated food and money to the Stevens County Food Shelf. She makes lap robes for patients at the Masonic Cancer Hospital and joins others in making dolls and caps for children at various hospitals. She also sews activity bags for children who are ill or in crisis situations.

“She makes a point of visiting those who are hospitalized or in the nursing home. She regularly telephones those who live alone just to check and make sure they are ok and not in need of anything. She takes people to a variety of local events, making sure they get out and remain active members of the community. Her efforts help others remain independent. All of these things she does with enthusiasm and love. She always has a cheerful disposition and a smile on her face. Agnes Searle definitely makes Stevens County and the Morris community a better place in which to live,” Kvatum concluded.

Pay it Forward Stevens County is a program designed to reward individuals who make life better for other people in our community.

Pay it Forward Stevens County is sponsored by Morris Pizza Ranch, Morris Sun Tribune, Bank of the West, West Central Screen and Print, the Regional Fitness Center, Superior Industries and Hancock Concrete, Stevens Community Medical Center, KMRS/KKOK Radio Stations and Sonia’s Hair Clinic.

Nominations can be dropped off at any of the participating businesses. The committee will meet once per month to pick one person who best exemplifies paying it forward.