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Floyd has been a part of Sybene center from start

SYBENE -- South Point resident Thelma Floyd has seen it all in her 16 years

volunteering at the Lawrence County Multi-Purpose Senior Center in Sybene.

The 91-year-old has helped serve in the dining room, sang in the choir and made quilts in the craft room practically from the day the center opened.

She said she has made countless friends along the way.

"I just enjoy the people," she said. "I just get joy out of it."

During the years, Floyd said she has lost count of all the quilts she has made, many of which are sold to help fund activities at the center.

"I lost control of them," she said with a laugh. "I have got one right now looking me in the face."

Floyd has been a tremendous asset to community at the senior center, said Darlene Green, site coordinator for the senior center.

In part because of Green's nomination, Floyd was recognized by the Area Agency on Aging District 7 as one of Lawrence County's two Outstanding Seniors earlier this summer.

"Thelma was my oldest senior and we wanted to recognize those who have helped build our center," Green said. "When you talk to Thelma you

know why we nominated her."

Because of her health and transportation issues, Floyd is only able to volunteer one day a week now. She says she misses being able to help out more.

"I have made a lot of good friends there," she said. "When you are home, it is just the dogs and you."

Though Thelma said she wishes she could be there more, she said her two poodles Scooter and Hotshot are always waiting at home in the window for her.

The Area Agency on Aging recognizes one senior from each of the county's two senior citizens centers. Bonnie Rowe was honored as the county's other Outstanding Senior. Rowe was named as the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization's Senior Citizen of the Year in May.