IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OUR
WOMAN OF MERIT"
Marrianne White's heart is always in the right place.
White, 45, who resides in Cloudcroft, is responsible for the Roadrunner Foodbank distribution day.
She also helps those who need food stamps, social security and health-insurance benefits.
And, yes, she pulled over to assist a child - with two women roadside near Cloudcroft - who had trouble breathing.
You get the picture, right?
"There are wonderful people out there who need a hand or a friend,"
said White, a Chicago native. "Sometimes it's a small thing, but it's valuable."
For her kindness and big heart, White is one of 10 2013 Women of Merit winners.
White was nominated by Kathy Swope, executive director
of Sacramento Mountains Senior Services Inc., and her co-worker.
White said she met Swope during the spring of 2005, at,
ironically, the same spot where the child had trouble breathing.
"It was meant to be, meeting her at that time," said White, who graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1989 with a B.A. in History and English. "The child was fine. It was really bizarre to meet her that way. It was at the Route 82 overlook. It's a really strange thing."
White moved to Cloudcroft from Fort Stockton, Texas, in 2002, after bringing her three sons Matthew, now, 20, Mitchell,
18 and Tad, 24, to the New Mexico Space Museum of History's shuttle camp.
"I moved here (Cloudcroft) to get a fresh start," White said. "I was home-schooling my kids in Fort Stockton and that's how I discovered Cloudcroft. And I fell into a job I truly love. I also love Cloudcroft."
That dream job is a finance and program manager for Sacramento Mountains Senior Services.
"It's cool to touch people on a regular basis," said White who was valedictorian of Life Christian School in Tulsa, OK. "I work with fantastic
people." And giving isn't her only strong point.
White has published three novels: "Mommy is Missing", "Lost Child" and "Cheaters Rules."
"I have been published since 1995," she said. "I
also have published a book of poetry, too."
In her spare time, White also gives back to
Cloudcroft. She's a commissioner on the planning and zoning commission.
With all of her accomplishments and kindness on a busy plate, White still finds time for a sprinkle of humor.
"I love most people," she said, chuckling.
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FROM - March