Our community has lost another fine servant. Inez Lemke Reid served as administrator of what used to be known as McDuffie County Hospital in Thomson for a number of years before retiring.
Mrs. Reid died last Friday after several bouts with cancer.
She was a wonderful lady who cared about the welfare of so many people in and around McDuffie County. And she loved our local hospital with all of her heart. Today, the hospital is known as McDuffie Regional Medical Center.
She worked at the hospital for 37 years - the latter ones serving as administrator.
Mrs. Inez, as I called her, was a splendid lady to have a conversation with. She was well-versed about many subjects, especially when it came to the topic of health care.
I always considered Mrs. Inez one of the truly special people in Thomson. She was such a giving person - always doing something to help others and offering helpful advice where she could.
She was the kind of person that anyone would be proud to say lived in their community.
There's no doubt, Mrs. Inez will be missed and long remembered by her family and all of us who not only knew her, but who loved and admired her, too.
She was special in lots of ways. One had only to be around her for a little while to get that sense about her.
Mrs. Inez was no put-on. The niceness that she displayed was not an act. It was who she was in real life. I used to tell her what a wonderful person she was and how fortunate this community was to have had her guiding our local hospital during the years she served as administrator.
She always demanded the best from people and never asked an employee at the hospital to do anything she wouldn't first do herself, if it came down to it.
That was one of the qualities I admired, perhaps, the most about Mrs. Inez. She was a person who knew how to treat others - something she learned and carried with her throughout her life.
I'm going to miss her, like so many members of her family, including her husband, Mr. Roger Reid, who I regard as one of the finest men I've ever known. But I will always carry with me in my life the memories of my friendship with Mrs. Inez - a lady in every sense of the word.
Years ago when Mrs. Inez was diagnosed with cancer, she never thought negative about it. Instead, she accepted it and tried throughout every ordeal she faced with the disease to keep a positive, upbeat outlook.
She truly was a special lady - one I shall never forget!