When Nikki Peterson, Gamma Beta – Tulsa, and her mother were driving through Columbia, MO en route to the University Hospital where Nikki’s husband was a patient, they passed the Mu chapter house on Providence Road. Seeing the anchor above the door gave Nikki’s mom an idea that was the beginning of a wonderful relationship with local alumnae.
Nikki’s husband had spent the past month in the hospital in Joplin, MO, where doctors were unable to diagnose his illness so he was transferred to Columbia for observation. While he was in ICU, Nikki slept on chairs in the lounge. Her mother thought that perhaps Nikki could at least do laundry at the chapter house so she called Executive Offices in Columbus for more information. She was referred to alumnae chapter president Suzy Warren Westfall, Beta Kappa – Kansas. That’s when things began to happen.
Suzy contacted alumnae who sprang into action: setting up a bank account for financial contributions, sharing meals with her daily and providing comfort and support, and yes, help doing her laundry!
“Someone is with her every day to have coffee, share a meal or just keep her company” said alumnae president-elect Katie Row Lampitt, Mu – Missouri.
Although her husband has been moved to a regular hospital room with more comfortable sleeping arrangements for Nikki, his diagnosis is still undetermined. While he seems to be improving, he will remain hospitalized until he is able to travel home to Baxter Springs, Kansas. In the meantime, the wonderful Delta Gammas in the area continue to help.
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