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February 11, 2013

She’s dedicated to volunteering

Joan Pierret stays busy helping out in some manner

(Continued)

— A need to

help others

Pierret began volunteering shortly after she moved to Muskogee. She started with her sons’ school activities. She later was active in a garden club.

Soon, she got a call that would keep her volunteering for at least 30 years.

“When Brian was in high school, I decided I was going to do something besides PTA,” she said.

That was when the auxiliary for Muskogee’s hospital asked her to join. She said the main reasons she stayed with the auxiliary for so long were the people and the cause it supported.

The auxiliary used to raise money for hospital equipment. The High Fever Follies was a major fundraiser that kept Pierret busy.

“It was a variety show,” she recalled. “We’d do a dance or something with a costume. It was a big undertaking.”

The auxiliary remains busy raising money for programs at what is now EASTAR Health System.

“We furnish newspapers for the patients. We paid for a TV for the cancer center and a sandbox for the child care center,” she said.

The auxiliary’s main fundraising tool is the EASTAR gift shop. Pierret works there once a week.

“We meet with customers at the store, we stock shelves. The pop machine is one of the biggest tasks,” she said. “We’re really pretty busy. We’d be very quiet for a while, then six people can come in at once.”

Q&A

HOW DID YOU BECOME AN OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE?

“I transferred here when my husband worked for Fansteel in 1967. He was a tech manager and then a plant manager. I had all six boys with me and Brian was only 9 months old.”

WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT MUSKOGEE?

“The size of the town and the weather. When I look at the north with all the snow, I hate it. I have not been crazy about the heat, but it’s better than the snow.”

WHAT WOULD MAKE MUSKOGEE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE?

“If people took pride in their property and their yards.”

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING IN MUSKOGEE?

Homemaker and volunteer.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

“I like to play bridge.”

WHAT OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE DO YOU ADMIRE?

“Ed and Carlene Falleur. Ed is the director of Catholic Charities. They are just all-around good people. They’re involved in a prison ministry. They take people into their homes. They’re always so willing to help.”

WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE THING TO HAPPEN TO YOU IN MUSKOGEE?

“When Jim was ordained as a deacon at the church. That was such a memorable occasion.”

HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP MUSKOGEE IN 30 WORDS OR LESS?

“It’s fun and about the right size. You can get around easily, get from one place to the next. You have practically everything you need here.”

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