Feature Story: Local women inspire as helpers of others

Regina Gooch

March is almost over … It is a month that has been dedicated to promoting women in history. Many of you have shared with us the woman or women who have inspired you the most. We have shared those stories here.

As we are in the middle of ‘social distancing’ and limited activities in the United States and all over the world, because of a contagious virus, coronavirus, i.e. COVID.

But that doesn’t mean we should stop celebrating the fantastic women in our lives. It is probably more important now than ever before to celebrate, to be positive and encourage one another.

In looking around at different women in my life and yours, I stalked Facebook pages – since interviews can’t be done face to face, and most people are not available by phone at this time, I did a study. I looked for women who are truly helpers of others.

Sandi Parks, wife of Don and retired choir instructor, has inspired literally a multitude of people – and a couple of generations in her career as an educator, and as a wife of a church music minister.  If one was to describe Mrs. Sandi, you would have to grab more than just one word. A multi-talented, resourceful, compassionate and determined individual, Mrs. Sandi sets a fine example. In my own journey having the Parks as friends include some positive conversations, encouragement when I was homesick,  laughs and invites to church. There was a home-cooked meal too. Her heart of servanthood is beyond what is expected.

Bobbie Duke, wife, mother, grandmother and just all around a ‘good woman,’ walked into my life because someone suggested I interview her for a story while living in Madison County, Texas. A momma of many – a majority of whom were girls – Bobbie Duke exhibits the qualities of a Proverbs 31 woman. She is kind-hearted, dedicated to her family, full of faith and one of those women who can do a little bit of this and that. So purely honest about her own shortcomings, Bobbie allows her life to be a testimony of what God can do in a life – a regular everyday life. 

Regina Gooch is one of those type of women who would be called a ‘go-getter’ with a fierce love and loyalty for her family and those closest to her – including her neighbors in the rural community she resides in Georgia. A city councilwoman, Regina strives to do her best to in helping her community. She sees people for whom they are, not who she expects them to be, and loves them anyway … isn’t that what God wants us to do?

Carroll Fox is not someone you can describe easily. Or I can’t describe easily anyway. From her personable and resilient personality to the way she just envelopes a person – even a stranger, lovingly with her smile or her story-telling way of having a conversation,  Carroll is my kind of people. She inspires people – little people at the school she works, and big people like us with her willingness to help others in anyway she can – even if it is just by being friendly, loving on people by sharing positive words or through sharing some of her tasty cupcakes. I love me some Foxy!

Be encouraged this week, my friends, there are some wonderful women (and men) out there to lead the way in anything we face. I am thankful for Caroll, Bobbi, Regina and Mrs. Sandi. 

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Author: rlhwrites

Curator of prose and such.

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