Beth Peddicord, of Rolla, was named Senior Companion of the Month during the monthly in-service meeting held Oct. 18 at the Phelps County Courthouse in Rolla.
As a Senior Companion, Peddicord works in homes in the Rolla area listening to residents talk about their lives, assisting with daily living tasks and playing games.
In addition, she also serves in homes, providing respite for caregivers, enabling caregivers to have time to do errands, appointments and activities.
She said she enjoys volunteering and being of service to the community.
Peddicord grew up in Kansas with two sisters. She worked as a certified dietary manager for most of her life.
In addition to serving as a Senior Companion, Peddicord also enjoys crafts, scrapbooking, church work and spending time with her three children and 15 grandchildren.
As the Senior Companion of the Month, she received a floral arrangement donated by Blossom Basket Florist and the recognition of her fellow Senior Companions.
There are more than 70 senior citizen volunteers serving as Senior Companions all over Phelps County in private homes, residential care facilities and skilled nursing facilities.
Sponsored by the Phelps County Commission, the Corporation for National and Community Service, as well as several local groups and individuals, Senior Companions’ greatest work is to help their peers maintain the independence they have worked for all their lives.
If you know a Phelps County resident who might benefit from the services of a Senior Companion or someone age 55 or older who would like to become a Senior Companion, call 573-458-6180 for further information.