Blacktown Hospital has farewelled Mary Cremona who has worked a day a week as a Pink Lady volunteer since July 2000.
Pink Lady volunteers provide basic administrative support and drive the magazines, newspapers and snacks trolley around the wards while wearing a pink uniform.
Mary Cremona enjoyed hard work and giving back. She said the decision to retire was not an easy one, but she has decided to call it a day.
“I’m looking forward to spending more time with the grandkids, being at home and in the garden,” Mary said.
Many years ago Mary managed a large market garden 365 days a year with her husband.
After her husband died, she was at a loss on what to do with herself. That’s when Mary’s daughter, Terry Leathers, a midwife at Blacktown Hospital, suggested she sign up to become a Pink Lady volunteer.
“It made Thursdays so special for me knowing I would see my mum working as a volunteer at the same hospital where I work,” Terry said.
“She is the matriarch of our family and always listens to people and never says a bad word about anyone.”
Blacktown Hospital’s voluntary service manager Janice Low commended Mary for almost two decades of giving to the community.
“Thank you Mary for contributing and dedicating so much time and energy to the staff and community of Blacktown,” Janice said.
“Mary made lots of life-long friends, shared many stories of her life and made lots of fond memories.”