Lt. Gov. presents Catherine Miles Senior Service Award

Saturday, June 22, 2013
Catherine Miles holds Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's arm as he recognizes her for her years of service at the Marshall Habilitation Center during a ceremony Friday, June 21. (Carlos Restrepo/Democrat-News)

Catherine Miles, 102, a long-time volunteer of the Marshall Habilitation Center, was moved to tears as Missouri's Lt. Governor Peter Kinder presented her with a Senior Service Award during a ceremony Friday, June 21, at the "Hab" Center in Marshall.

Kinder said as part of his duties as Lt. Governor, he oversees the well-being of senior citizens throughout the state. He said it was an honor to recognize those who go above and beyond to serve their communities.

"Seniors like Catherine Miles have amazing stories to tell," Kinder said to a crowd of friends and co-workers who gathered at noon Friday to celebrate Miles' recognition. "Every day, heroes like her too often go unnoticed."

In an interview prior to the event, Miles said she has volunteered serving people with disabilities since she was seven years old. She said she does it out of a great feeling of love and care.

"It just doesn't feel like a job," Miles said. "I just get up every day and knowing I will get to go help and see my kids gets me ready to go."

After receiving the award, Kinder asked Miles if she wanted to say a few words.

Miles paused for a moment. The words that would follow, albeit short, encompassed Miles' passion for others.

"I just hope I can keep on doing it," Miles said, to an outburst of cheers from the audience.

"We know you will," Kinder said.

Contact Carlos Restrepo at crestrepo@marshallnews.com

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