By Dennis Morgan
Wheeler County’s “Favorite Son” Herb Mignery, joined by his wife Sherry, awarded the first-ever “Good Hand” award at the Wheeler County Fair. The first recipient was Sue Patrick.
Recognized as “amazing,” Patrick has left her mark in Wheeler County first as a teacher, and as an active community member.
“She not only was a dedicated teacher during school hours, she spent countless hours before and after school assisting the youth of our community to help them understand not only science, math and sports, but also how to be a good productive citizen,” read Randy Butterfield, president of the Wheeler County Ag Society. “She was also a major part of encouraging each child to become the best he/she could become. She built each child’s personal moral, encouraged creative thinking, spent time creating a teaching technique so every child could learn.”
Among her attributes is having a positive attitude, always willing to listen, guide and correct if the need would arise.
Patrick has played a vital part of making Wheeler Central & Wheeler County successful.
“She leads by example. Sue built a legacy in our school that is admired and she set a standard that encourages all around her to be ‘achievers.’ Sue has been a precious gift to so many of our youth, and to the adults in our community.
Patrick was unable to accept the award in person as she and her husband were in Pennsylvania with their grandchildren. She did send an e-mail which was read over the PA system.
“I am very honored and sorry that I cannot be there personally to accept this award,” she said in an email. “I have asked my favorite mother in-law to be there in my place as Scott and I are in Pennsylvania with our grandkids…I have been truly blessed to live in such a wonderful community for the past 40 years. Thank you so much.” Accepting the award on Sue’s behalf was her mother in-law, Toni Patrick.
By Dennis Morgan