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Two new members inducted into Hilliard Senior Citizen Hall of Fame

Senior hall of frame member being inducted

Two new members were officially inducted into the Hilliard Senior Citizen Hall of Fame Wednesday at the Hilliard Senior Center.

Marilyn Patton accepts her plaque during the 34th annual Hilliard Senior Citizen Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on September 28.

Marilyn Patton, 94, and John Shary (posthumous) were honored in the 34th annual ceremony with nearly a hundred people in attendance. Patton and Clair Shary, wife of John, were awarded plaques and special proclamations by state representatives, the Central Ohio Agency on Aging, Norwich Township, and the City of Hilliard.

Patton is credited with having a positive image of aging and remains active in the community. She helps neighbors by providing transportation to the food pantry and works at the Franklin County Fair. Patton is a regular member at the Hilliard Senior Center, where she facilitates a popular craft class and organizes the weekly Bingo game.

She also displays a heart for service by setting tables for the Tuesday and Thursday meals at the Senior Center. Additionally, Patton continues to volunteer many hours for the American Legion and the Hilliard Moose Lodge.

For many years, John Shary was an active member of the Hilliard Senior Center and a valued member of the community. He served as an officer for “Happiness Club,” chairman of “Bucks for the Bus” campaign, and also helped facilitate pickleball and bridge games at the Hilliard Senior Center.

Shary enjoyed helping others in the Hilliard community. He volunteered many hours reading to the visually impaired, working at the food bank and Material Assistance Providers, and serving alongside numerous other service organizations.

Honored for a lifetime of service, personal achievement, and a positive image of aging, one or two senior citizens are inducted to the Hilliard Senior Citizen Hall of Fame biennially. Nominees may be living or deceased and should exemplify how senior citizens contribute to their communities and respond creatively to retirement.

To view a complete list of eligibility requirements and guidelines, or to view the list of past inductees, click here.

Clair Shary, wife of the late John Shary, with her husband’s plaque officially inducting him into the Hilliard Senior Citizen Hall of Fame.

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