SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Marilyn Williams is described as a kind, caring and compassionate woman. There’s a huge place in her heart for these four-legged creatures.
I’ve always loved animals, she said.
Marilyn has been volunteering for the C.A.R.E 13-years. She gives countless hours at the shelter and thrift store to raise fund.
She gets emotional talking about her love for this mission.
“It’s the greatest organization ever. I have never worked with anyone who has so much compassion for the animals.”
Daniel Schekkora is a C.A.R.E volunteer and events manager. He nominated Marilyn wanting to give her recognition for her service work to the community and organization. Also, because she’s an amazing woman who is incredibly humble and doesn’t seek praise.
“Maryiln is just so passionate about care whenever she talks about care. Whenever she’s working at events, talking to the public…you can just see how passionate she is,” said Schekorra.
Marilyn came to the Springfield shelter 13-years-ago wanting to adopt a bulldog named Max. He had been with Animal Control. That day changed her life.
“I had just finished chemo and was in remission from leukemia when I came in here to adopt the scruffy old bulldog. “They had struggles, I had struggles and its just kind of a match,” she said.
Marilyn has had battles in her life, she lost her parents at age 22. Her mom passed from cancer and a year later her dad died of a heart attack. She says they instilled qualities of passion and caring in her. Now she took on the battle with leukemia and is helping rescued animals with their battle.
“We did adopt the bulldog and since then we’ve had two more that we adopted from here they were in horrible condition but we got to see them heal and become a great family pet.”
Fellow volunteers say Marilyn has been instrumental in raising 10’s-of thousands of dollars through different fundraising events.
She and her husband, Marv have three children and eight grandchildren. All all of whom she says love animals and give back to the community. These are the qualities she passed on from her parents.
“Its reward is knowing that all of these animals are going to end up in their forever home. They are going to end up being loved. That is my reward.