By CHRIS WILSON
Dorothy Poore is small in stature but big on caring.
It’s only fitting that this woman be awarded the Amory Junior Auxiliary’s 2004 Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award.
Poore, 73 years of age, has been called one of the community’s “silent angels” because she is always busy behind the scenes working for the good of the community.
Junior Auxiliary President Mollye Walsh presented Poore with a plaque at the opening ceremonies of the Amory Railroad Festival Thursday evening. Walsh described Poore as an active, but humble servant in her community.
An active member of the Flower Lovers Garden Club, Poore can often be seen out tending to the city’s flower beds or putting up holiday decorations at the city’s park or museum. She’s no stranger to hard work.
She is also a Master Gardener and serves on the county’s Task Force for Beautification.
Poore is also a dedicated volunteer at the Amory Humane Shelter. She has been a passionate advocate for the improvement of life for homeless animals through the years, often taking stray animals into her own home for shelter.
She has served on the board of the Amory Humane Society since 1982.
Besides caring for the animals, Poore has a love for humanity that knows no boundaries. She is a woman of action, frequently visiting nursing homes, taking meals to shut-ins, calling those who are in need and providing transportation to those who need it.
Poore has a sincere desire to help others. She volunteers with the First United Methodist soup kitchen, with the Meals on Wheels program and with the Amory Food Pantry.
An active member of First United Methodist Church, Poore provides leadership as well as hands-on effort for the church’s many ministries. But her service does not stop at the church’s door, she extends herself into the community.
Fellow church members say they have been inspired by Poore’s wisdom, love and generosity. They say that “no” is not in Poore’s vocabulary when it comes to working on a solution to a need.
Poore has been known to say that “volunteering is essential for any community” because there are always needs.
Poore, the widow of Hubert Poore, has one daughter, Donna, a son-in-law and one grandchild.
In accepting the award, Poore, never one seeking the spotlight, said it humbled her to be considered for the award. She said she is just glad to be able to do all that she does for her community.