Jean Myers named Unsung Hero
Yavapai County Supervisor Chip Davis presented the 10th Unsung Hero Award to Jean Myers of Clarkdale for, among other things, her 20 years of volunteering with the Cottonwood Public Library.
Myers was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and raised in Sewickley, Pa., a small town on the Ohio River. She moved to California in 1948 where she graduated from San Diego State in 1949. She and her husband Madison were married in 1956 and have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Jean first volunteered at a small community hospital in 1974 and held every possible elected office as well as functioning as buyer and booker for the gift shop.
Jean and Madison moved to Clarkdale in 1987 after Madison retired from a career with the University of California at San Diego. Shortly after arriving in the Verde Valley, Jean volunteered with the Verde Valley Medical Center. This lasted from 1988 to 1995. She also volunteered at the Verde Valley Guidance Clinic thrift shop. In 1988 Jean began volunteering with the Cottonwood Public Library at the circulation desk three days a week.
Jean took over as treasurer for the Friends of the Library (Cottonwood Bookmarks) in 1996 and still volunteers in that position today. She had to give up working the circulation desk due to health reasons but keeps in touch with the library staff via the Bookmarks.
As Supervisor Davis presented Jean with the award he read the inscription: "In recognition of outstanding contributions to the citizens of Yavapai County. Your contributions to the Cottonwood Public Library over the past 20 years are amazing. You truly exhibit what it means to give of yourself. God bless you!"
Jean said she would like to thank Library Director John O'Neill and Vanessa Ward, head of circulation for nominating her for the award and that she had a wonderful time working the circulation desk and everyone she worked with was wonderful.
Jean says, "every volunteer... is an Unsung Hero."