Chisholm named hospital's Volunteer of the Year


The Memorial Hospital auxiliary recently named 72-year-old Frances Chisholm as the Volunteer of the Year.

She was recognized at a banquet on April 17.

"It took me 10 years to get this award," Chisholm said with a laugh. "I thought it was an honor. It made me feel good."

Chisholm was presented with a bouquet of flowers and an engraved clock for her 3,141 hours of volunteer time at the hospital.

The "Pink Ladies," a group of 25 members of the hospital auxiliary, voted to select Chisholm.

Chisholm is known to some as "Feisty Frances."

"We won't get into that," Chisholm said. "Most people in town call me 'Troublemaker.'"

Chisholm cannot recall how long she's volunteered at The Memorial Hospital -- five, six or seven years.

Her duties include shredding the hospitals confidential papers, which takes three to four hours on Tuesday mornings.

On Wednesdays, Chisholm greets visitors at the gift shop. She used to work the information desk, and for a time helped with the blood donation operations, but now the drive supplies its own people.

The hospital isn't the only place that Chisholm volunteers. She also is a regular at the Moffat County Fair, where she supervises the home economics section, and she is a member of the Moffat County Cowbelles, an organization promoting beef and agricultural products.

For fun, Chisholm likes to go to bazaars around town. She also plays bingo at the Elk's Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Chisholm has been known to take an occasional trip to Nevada for gambling.

She also likes to visit Roswell, N.M., to visit her daughter, Becky. She enjoys the UFO stories about Roswell, and jokes she might fly on a spaceship someday.

Her son, Chris, lives in Craig and helps keep her humble.

"'Don't be boasting,' he told me" after Chisholm said.

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext.207, or

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