TRMC volunteers remember ‘Faye’

Published 9:56 pm Thursday, July 16, 2009

The volunteers at Troy Regional Medical Center gathered at the hospital Thursday morning to remember one of their own.

Faye Carmichael, who had more than 30 years volunteer service to the hospital, passed away on March 8, 2009. Because of Carmichael’s dedication to the service of others, it was the family’s request that memorials be sent to the volunteer program at TRMC.

The volunteers chose to use the monetary donations to purchase a table and lamps for the hospital lobby in memory of Carmichael. The items were presented to the hospital Thursday along with a plaque of recognition for Carmichael’s long and dedicated volunteer service to TRMC.

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Faye Lunsford, TRMC chief support officer, said Carmichael was totally dedicated to the hospital’s volunteer program.

“Faye was a hospital volunteer for 30 years so she was a part of many of the positive changes that have occurred here over the years,” Lunsford said. “She recognized the need for volunteers and did her part to fulfill that need. Faye was a perfect example of what a hospital volunteer should be.”

Rhonda Hebert was on the Wednesday rotation with Carmichael and described her as a “gentle soul.”

“Faye was a sweet and caring person,” Hebert said.

“She was dedicated to the hospital and a friend to every patient. When Faye was given a task, she made sure that she did it right. She was a committed to volunteer service and she was a good friend to all of us.

“Her family came first in her life. She was always thinking of others.”

Nancy Rogers volunteered at the hospital with Carmichael off and on for 25 years.

“Faye was an important part of the volunteer program at Troy Regional and one of the most caring people that I have ever known,” Rogers said. “Others came first. She always put herself last. And, she was very active in her church, the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She was a pillar of that church.”

Bettie King, hospital receptionist for 40 years, said Carmichael’s commitment to duty was second to none.

“She was a sweet person who loved her family and she was a dedicated volunteer,” King said.

“She never missed a day being here when she was supposed to be unless she was sick. You could count on her. She was one of the best volunteers any hospital could have.

“We all miss her.”