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Everyday Hero: Mary Huck


Age is just a number, or so the saying goes.

Mary Huck acts as an example of that.

At 87 years-old, you won't often find her at home.

Instead, she's delivering her famous baked goods and sharing a laugh or a prayer with those who need it most.

Take a tour around Ste. Genevieve with Mary Huck and by the end you'll feel like a regular.

It's a place where nearly everyone knows her name.

And on Fridays, this is where you'll find her.

“He needs one," said Mary Huck as she passed out rosary beads.

Every week she leads the rosary for residents at the Ste. Genevieve Care Center.

“Hail Mary. Full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art though among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus." Mary prayed.

But that weekly devotion barely scratches the surface of her work.

“I have been the head of ARC now for a long time. I know it's probably been 20 years now," she said.

Ste. Genevieve ARC is an organization devoted to helping those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

A cause close to Mary's heart since the moment her 8th and youngest child was diagnosed with down's syndrome.

“She's lit up my life," Mary said.

And continues to be that inspiration for Mary's work.

“Without her I don't think I would have the ability to do this," Mary said. "But now I just enjoy it a lot.”

Her life isn't without its struggles.

Mary lost her mother when she was just a child and became a widow in her 50's.

Since that time, she's devoted herself to her God and her volunteer efforts.

“The Lord works in strange ways. It gave me a fulfillment after I became a young widow and with her it fills my life.”

She may be a mom to many and point of joy in many lives, but make no mistake.

The feelings are mutual.

“And then at Valentine's Day it made my heart…I'm yours. I got this Valentine's ages ago and I keep it with my evening prayers because it reminds me that I'm blessed at 87 years-old that I can do these things," Mary said.

If you know of an Everyday Hero in your life, please let us know.

Just click here to make your nomination.

We'll profile an Everyday Hero each month on Heartland News and all of our heroes will be honored at the annual Red Cross recognition luncheon.

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