Mona Lee Brock, ‘angel’ who counseled suicidal farmers through crisis, dies at 87 – The Washington Post

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This is a terrific story about service and about the often unsung foundation of America, our farmers.

-John

A longtime teacher and school principal, Mrs. Brock offered a sympathetic ear and a soothing, understanding presence to people who raised food to feed the world but could not afford to feed their own families.

…She was credited with keeping hundreds of farms from being liquidated and with saving an untold number of lives.

…Farmers are traditionally raised to be stoic and self-reliant. Problems are kept private. In many rural areas, counseling services are not available, and there is frequently a stigma about seeking help for emotional or financial difficulties.

Source: Mona Lee Brock, ‘angel’ who counseled suicidal farmers through crisis, dies at 87 – The Washington Post

Looking back on 49 years in funeral service | News | journalpatriot.com

In my work with funeral directors everyday I am blessed with the opportunity to serve a truly unique and committed group of individuals.  This is a great story in the spirit of this effort.*

-John

Phil Miller of Hays has seen and done it all in the funeral service business, and at the end of the month he’ll retire after 49 years in the industry, the last 42 at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in North Wilkesboro. “I’ve done a little bit of everything in the funeral business, from opening graves to putting up and taking down tents,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “If you name it, I’ve done it—wait on families, work funerals, sell cemetery properties, sell pre-needs, sell monuments.” Miller, 70, said

Source: Looking back on 49 years in funeral service | News | journalpatriot.com

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