Golden Deeds Award


Rose Gott and her sister Marg Andrews tag items at Ladies of Charity on Tuesday, May. 2, 2017. Andrews is the recipient of the Golden Deed award. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane Jake Shane 1|

By  Herald-Whig

Posted: May. 6, 2017 10:45 pm

QUINCY — Margaret “Marg” Andrews has not stopped volunteering since she first began more than 80 years ago.

Her mother instilled in her the importance of service work as a child, taking her to feed the sick before she was 10 and getting her involved in local organizations like 4-H.

“These were things we did naturally, things I thought everybody did.” she said, “It seems like every time I’ve gotten into anything it has been doing service work for somebody.”

Andrews, 93, was recently honored by the Quincy Exchange Club with its Golden Deeds award.

“It really surprised me. I don’t think I do golden deeds,” she said. “It’s always just what you want to do for somebody else. I think most people are like that.”

Andrews led 4-H clubs in her living room for almost 40 years.

“The kids would make favors, and we would take them to nursing homes or the Illinois Veterans Home,” she said. “I had good kids. They were fun to work with.”

Over the years, she had several 4-H kids who won at the county and state levels.

“They were really good at what they did,” she said. “They would learn public speaking, and they always put on skits.”

When her mother moved into Sunset Home, Andrews began visiting daily. She quickly joined the auxiliary and later became the organization’s president.

“We thought they should have a little coffee shop out there,” she said. “With our urging, they built it, and then we got to work, at least four or five days a week.”

Andrews and her sister, Rose Gott, have been volunteering together for decades. After their mother died, the sisters jumped over to Ladies of Charity Thrift Store. They have worked at the thrift store together for more than 20 years. Andrews volunteers there three days a week and Gott four. Each shift is four hours.

“We fight,” Gott joked. “We fight regularly, and it keeps everyone there entertained. I think she eggs me on when she has an audience. She likes to show how fiesty she is.”

Andrews has also belonged to the Secular Franciscan Order and the Cursillo.

“The main thing with that too is service, giving of what you have,” Andrews said. “They wanted to spread the word of God and do what’s good for others. That was easy to follow for me.”

She has had a deterioration of her eye’s rods and cones since birth. Although she is visually impaired, she has never shyed away from work.

“The doctors didn’t know what it was for years,” she said. “I see better when it’s dark, so I just wear sunglasses. People don’t realize I can’t see across the street, but if you ask people to help you, they’ll help you.”

Andrews makes personalized cards for loved ones and acquaintances alike for almost any occasion.

“Anybody she hears is sick, has had a birthday or retired,” Gott said. “She has done it all her life. Now I think she does it as a challenge.”

Andrews is still full of energy.

“I enjoy staying busy, and I’m sure volunteering helps,” she said, “When I’m home, I just sit and watch tv or turn on a record and just fall asleep. I try to always keep busy.”

Year Book of Golden Deeds
2016-17 Margaret “Marg” Andrews
2015-16 Jack Mackenzie
2014-15 Phil Conover
2013-14 Patti Adam
2012-13 JoAnn Witte
2011-12 Hazel Mills
2010-11 Tom Behrens
2009-10 Phyllis Smith
2008-09 Kevin Curran
2007-08 Jerry Mast
2006-07 Ada Himes
2005-06 Bill Hageman
2004-05 Herb Wellman
2003-04 Randy McFarland
2002-03 Linda Dillman
2001-02 Betty Wiewel
2000-01 Melvin Koch
1999-00 Harold Phillips
1998-99 Raymond Hinkamper
1997-98 Carl Landrum
1996-97 Russell Hess Sr
1995-96 Thomas Gott
1994-95 Isabelle & Bernie Willer
1993-94 Roger Mohrman
1992-93 Arlene Foley
1991-92 Martha Muegge
1990-91 Thomas Awerkamp
1989-90 Marjorie Hudson
1988-89 Wilhelmina (Billie) Brod
1987-88 Donald Heckenkamp
1986-87 Joanne Ortworth
1985-86 George Parsons
1984-85 Marie Sloan
1983-84 Mary Ann Gullen
1982-83 Carlene Geisler
1981-82 Minnie Schlinkman
1980-81 Doris Penington
1979-80 Mrs. John French
1978-79 Betty Pracht
1977-78 Kathleen Peters-Druffel
1976-77 R S Brackman
1975-76 Ethel Fletcher
1974-75 Joe Bonansinga
1973-74 Ruth Logan
1972-73 Generivieve Klingele
1971-72 Howard Wear
1970-71 Ralph Meyers
1969-70 Edward Altmix
1968-69 Thomas Oakley
1967-68 Helen Smith
1966-67 Irma Jones
1965-66 George Durst Sr
1964-65 Deloris Hase
1963-64 Ralph “Doc” Wiegmann
1962-63 Mary McAllister
1961-62 Dr. Harold Swanberg
1960-61 Helen Jarrett
1959-60 James Primrose
1958-59 C H Swinehart
1957-58 Fabiola Moorman
1956-57 Lawrence Steinkamp
1955-56 John Inghram Sr
1954-55 Eugene Kirkpatrick
1953-54 Mabel Ahern
1952-53 Harry Lov