Butler inducted into Second Wind Hall of Fame

Published 8:40 am Monday, August 15, 2011

Marie Butler (center) receives her award from, left to right, Jean Eckert, HoCF CEO; and Kim Smith, volunteer manager. (photo submitted)

Marie Butler was inducted into the Second Wind Hall of Fame this month, honoring her 12 years of volunteer service to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills (HoCF), as well as her service to Steps to HOPE and St. Luke’s Hospital.

HoCF CEO Jean Eckert and Volunteer Manager Kim Smith presented Butler with the honor.

Butler has donated almost 4,000 hours as an office volunteer. In addition, she as also visited hospice patients at Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills in Landrum, served on the hostess committee, assisted in the medical records department and volunteered at various HoCF events.

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“Helping others,” Butler said, “has been a lifetime desire for me.”

“Our Hospice is thrilled and fortunate to be the beneficiary of Marie Butler’s lifetime desire,” responded Kim Smith.

The Butlers were themselves recipients of both palliative care and hospice care through Hospice of the Carolina Foothills.

“Connie was the first patient at the Hospice House in March 2009, and it couldn’t have been a better experience,” said Butler. “Before we got there, it was nice to know that all I had to do was pick up the phone to find help on the other end.”

A native of Greensboro, N.C., Butler has lived in a number of places around the United States, moving with her husband Connie’s job. Prior to moving to this area,

Butler did volunteer work in schools, hospitals and organizations for unwed mothers.

Butler has also cared for several elderly friends and family members through the illness and dying process.

– article submitted by Marsha Van Hecke