What brought Mary Barton to Covenant as an auxiliary volunteer more than
25 years ago was a sense of doing something with the remainder of her
life. Barton was a teacher in Littlefield for 28 years and retired in
1990. After retiring she spent years traveling and enjoying her life,
but she knew something was missing.
“I knew there was more to life than traveling,” Barton said.
“It’s a great feeling to know I am helping others anyway I
can, and that means so much to me.”
The employees treat the auxiliary volunteers so well, and I really enjoy
the people I work with, Barton said. She also said the people she works
with are who keeps her coming back each week. Recently Barton logged 12,000
volunteer hours for Covenant, but she was very humble about the recognition.
“I’m sure there are many other volunteers who have just as
many hours as me,” Barton said. “Really loving what my responsibilities
are at Covenant helps me keep going.”
Barton has served in several different roles as a volunteer throughout
the years. She began by delivering flowers to patients for more than 20
years, which she loved.
“When I delivered flowers to patients I knew it made them happy,
even if it was just because I didn’t have a shot in my hand,”
Barton said playfully. “I got to interact with so many people, and
that was my favorite part about the job.”
Barton has also worked at the information desk, served on the auxiliary
board as the corresponding secretary, and currently is an escort.
“I love my role as an escort, it’s my responsibility to take
patients to various places around the hospital,” Barton said. “Some
of the patients I interact with aren’t in good shape, but I try
to make them feel as comfortable as possible.”
What Barton has loved the most out of all her various responsibilities
at Covenant is interacting with people. She is celebrating her 90
birthday on May 8, so on behalf of the Covenant family, Happy Birthday
Mary Barton and thank-you for your many years of service!