Volunteer Spotlight

Margaret Murray Spoonhour

Every now and again, someone will cross your path that brings a sunshine smile, a charming personality and dedication to a cause. St. Gerard Campus has found that persona in our volunteer, Margaret Murray Spoonhour. Margaret volunteers at our Community Outreach and Reception desk, answering phones and helping clients with food and clothing.

Margaret grew up in a small town in New York State near Rochester called Le Roy, the home town of Jello. She graduated from the College of New Rochelle with a degree in mathematics and from Wayne State University (Detroit) with a Masters in Library Science. She has been happily married to Mark Spoonhour for 19 years. Mark also volunteers at St. Gerard's as a van driver. Margaret and Mark have four children, three of whom are adopted. They have six grandchildren, five with a son and daughter-in-law in Wisconsin and one with a daughter in Takoma Park, Md.

Margaret leads a very active life. Her hobbies include playing golf, swimming, reading and watercolor art. She started painting in 2000 when a friend insisted she accompany her to a class. Margaret had never painted before. She found she liked it and was actually good and now needs more walls at home for pictures. Margaret very generously donated her painting of a beautiful winter scene to the St. Gerard Annual Fashion Show and Silent Auction this past December and after quite a bidding war…it sold! We are so proud of her talent!

Ever adventurous and active, Margaret's career paths were most interesting and took her from statistician to teacher, then to several special and government libraries in Rochester, Chicago, Detroit, and then to the Washington, DC area as an information technology specialist. She then had an opportunity to teach computer languages to college graduates at a weapons systems company and from there became a software quality assurance engineer and worked on various weapons systems. After moving to Florida, Mark and Margaret took on a variety of jobs, the most challenging of which was managing and maintaining an apartment complex of 86 apartments.

Margaret's missionary experience started early in life with the seeds planted by her parents who were always giving back to the community. While Margaret was in college she spent a summer in Oklahoma as a lay apostle under Extension Volunteers, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Later on she spent a year as a volunteer teaching in the bayous of Mississippi. Many years have passed with Margaret and Mark working and raising a family and now she says she "feels blessed to be able to volunteer at St. Gerard's, a special place which is so vital to the unborn, the babies, their mothers, and the community". Actually, we are the ones who feel blessed to have Margaret as part of our volunteer family. She brightens everyone's day when she is with us, sparkling, as she brings her own special brand of sunshine into the lives of, not only our clients, but her fellow associates here at St. Gerard.