Vets bestowed Quilts of Valor

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

Handmade quilts typically stay in the family for generations, but for Sarah Hufford, two family quilts found a better home.

Hand-stitched quilts – one with a patriotic theme and the other a colorful courthouse step pattern – were given to area veterans for the Quilts for Valor program Friday at Ray County Senior Center. Hufford’s mother, Mary Fitzgerald, and grandmother, Reba Scott, made both quilts years ago. Hufford said the donation was a way to honor veterans and her mother, who died in December 2012.

“It’s red, white and blue and beautiful,” she said, touching the multi-star, patriotic quilt. “I feel in my heart she would have wanted a veteran to have it. I think she’s watching over us now,” she said of her mother, who was a staple at the senior center and was its 2012 Valentine’s Day queen.

Veterans Paul Rowan and D.L. Pollard were the recipients of those quilts. Although neither was in attendance Friday at the presentation, Rowan’s sister, Mary Brubeck, accepted the courthouse step quilt on his behalf, “because he wanted me to be here.”


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