State Rep. Mike Dethrow presented Mary Ann Holman with a proclamation from the Missouri House of Representatives last week in recognition of her 28 years of service working for the Southwest Missouri Office on Aging.
ALTON -- Mary Ann Holman was honored with a resolution from the Missouri House of Representatives June 25.
The resolution was presented by State Rep. Mike Dethrow at a retirement reception at the Alton Senior Citizen Center.
Holman is retiring after 28 years as Outreach Coordinator for the Southwest Missouri Office on Aging. She has also worked for the Southwest Missouri Office on Aging in the capacities of director, administrator, group leader and coordinator.
Holman is a life-long resident of Oregon County.
"No lady I know has worked harder through the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and here we are in 2007," Dethrow said about Holman.
Holman is known around the county, especially in the Alton area, for her assistance to senior citizens. She was instrumental in organizing, locating a lot and planning the construction of the Alton Senior Citizen Center in 1984.
She also helped in the organization and renovation of the Winona Senior Citizen Center.
Holman played a major role in the home delivered meal program at senior citizen centers in the county.
Holman served as administrator of the Alton Senior Citizen Center for many years. When she first started as administrator, only 40 meals a day were served to senior citizens at Alton. Today, nearly 400 meals a day are served and delivered through the Alton Senior Citizen Center.
Dethrow said Holman is respected in her community and her profession. "She was the first recipient of the Senior Center Administrator of the Year award presented by the Southwest Missouri Office on Aging and also the recipient of the Citizen of the Year award by the Alton Chamber of Commerce," Dethrow said.
Holman was also presented a quilt with names of Alton Senior Citizen Center volunteers on it by center administrator Pam Simpson.
Alton Senior Citizen Board of Directors President Darrell Strain presented Holman with a painting of a lighthouse scene painted by his wife Ester.
"I have been fortunate to work with good people. Anyone who has ever built a building understands the ups and downs of construction," Holman said. She added that the Southwest Missouri Office on Aging has been a wonderful place to work and that she has enjoyed working with senior citizens.
Holman and her husband, David, have two sons, Jeff and Jarel, and four grandchildren.