Colleagues Remember Mary Kettelhut
"Mary was that person whom we thought would go on forever. She always had such a bright spirit and enthusiasm for the AGEHR. She was a "hands-on" president who did a lot of work herself. I remember her telling stories of organizing lists and sending out communications from her kitchen table. She was pleased to be able to experience the growth and maturation of the Guild during her lifetime."
Richard Coulter, AGEHR Past President
"I had the pleasure of working with her during my tenure as President of the Guild (she followed David Davidson as President and was Past-President during my term). There were few people that had Mary's altruistic view on life and AGEHR, she gave of her talents freely to help build this organization from the early days and expected nothing in return.
"Before her term as president, she served as Membership Chairman for many years. In her efficient, no-nonsense way, she maintained an accurate list of members. Many of us chided her about her use of the curtains near her favorite chair where she pinned member's names as one of her steps in her filing. It was often said that Benet, Nebraska, would not have had a post office had it not been for AGEHR and Mary.
"The last time I saw Mary she was relating the story of her last venture. Both Mary and her husband, Harry, had served in World War II. They, with other WWII veterans, were honored several years ago at ceremonies in Washington, D.C. They had been provided transportation, food and lodging during the trip. It was a special moment for them as were her years of service to AGEHR. The Guild has lost a good friend, those of us who knew her will miss her and her dedication to AGEHR."
William Griffin, AGEHR Past President
I am so sorry to hear of Mary Kettelhut's passing. She was one of the "treasures" of the Guild. I was so proud and pleased when she was elected to the presidency of the Guild. She deserved it and served it well.
With sorrow—and pride!
Don Allured, AGEHR Past President
Mary was a very generous person with her time and wisdom. She always replied with a cheerful "yes" when asked to do something. She helped me in many different ways when I was president of AGEHR by serving on committees for me and providing her sure counsel. We would have wonderful conversations at Seminar and on the telephone during the rest of the year. I will definitely miss those chats. She was a great lady and gentle spirit.
Karen Leonard, AGEHR Past President