Nancy Reed, Administrative Secretary for Hospice of Southern Illinois, has decided to retire after 20 years of service with us. While it is not easy to see Nancy retire, she warms our blues as she has agreed to continue her dedication and service to Hospice of Southern Illinois as a volunteer. For this reason, we easily cheer Nancy along as she enters retirement knowing we will always know where to find her to share her spirit and knowledge!
Nancy, originally from East St. Louis, lived in New Orleans with her husband. She worked as a secretary for LSU School of Medicine, always working in the medical field. While in New Orleans, Nancy’s husband became ill and passed away. After the loss of her husband, she decided to move back to her roots. Former President and CEO of Hospice of Southern Illinois and friend, Merle Aukamp, contacted Nancy’s sister-in-law regarding an opening with Hospice of Southern Illinois knowing she was searching for work upon returning back home. Nancy had a positive hospice experience with her husband being in a program in New Orleans. So she decided to apply. Her secretarial experience and history in the medical field landed the position she retires from today. Her experience and skills as a secretary will be missed, but even greater; her appreciation for people and knowledge of Hospice of Southern Illinois are rare.
Nancy has always appreciated the people she worked with and for, the stable work environment, and exceptional care Hospice of Southern Illinois provides. She enjoyed the variety in her day and has been involved with most departments throughout the organization. She was very skilled at her job, contributing to the stability of administration, the mission of the organization, and the support of the leadership throughout her 20 years. Reflecting on her commitment to her work, we asked her some advice for those who have to follow in her shoes. Much to the testament of her spirit she added a quote she once heard, “Listen to others not to respond, but to understand.”
We asked Nancy what was next and she replied, “I don’t think you know till you get there!” Although she isn’t sure of everything she wants to do, she has a few things on her to-do list. She leaves for an extended and well-deserved trip abroad to visit her son, one of three children. Upon returning home, she has plans to do more traveling, enjoying time with her 3 children and 8 grandchildren, volunteering, getting more involved at church, and maybe even selling a little real estate. We wish Nancy the very best and congratulate her on her next journey!