Good Deeds: Retired nurse volunteers to give back to community

Martha Lewis , center, volunteers recently at the Lord’s Diner. (Dec. 23, 2014)
Martha Lewis , center, volunteers recently at the Lord’s Diner. (Dec. 23, 2014) The Wichita Eagle

After spending 26 years working as both a nurse and an instructor, one would think a relaxing break would be in order for Martha Lewis.

Lewis, however, had other plans after retirement. She volunteers almost five days a week at various places in the Wichita area and has been doing so since her retirement in 2001.

“I guess I feel like I’m really blessed to have all the things that I have, and I feel like I need to give back to the community,” said Lewis, 78.

Her experience as a nurse led her to Wesley Medical Center, where she conducted CPR training and was president of the Wesley Auxiliary Board. Lewis can still be seen on the pediatric ward with her therapy poodle, Abby, visiting patients every Wednesday.

Other work includes volunteering at the Guadalupe Clinic, helping out with the annual Midwest Winefest, providing support for Victory in the Valley and helping out at College Hill United Methodist and St. James Episcopal churches.

Lewis has been a volunteer at the Lord’s Diner since its opening in 2002 and is a lead volunteer at least once a week.

Jan Haberly, director of the Lord’s Diner, recognizes Lewis’ dedication and passion for others.

“She does everything and anything we ask,” Haberly said. “She just has a true heart for the mission.”

As for how long she plans to continue volunteering, Lewis said: “I’ll stop when I can’t get there anymore.”

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Good Deeds is a feature recognizing volunteers for their service to the community. Do you know someone doing Good Deeds? E-mail us at volunteers@wichitaeagle.com.