School nurse is citizen of the year
By April Durham
Mary Lee Pase of Delmar, Del., was recently named the 2000 Delmar Citizen of the Year. Born in Cambridge, Pase grew up in Madison with five sisters and two brothers. After marrying at age 20, she began raising a family of her own. Today her husband Bob, her two children, Charles, 36, and his wife Suzane and Teresa Addkesberger, 32, and her husband Blaine all reside in Delmar. Pase was quick to point out that she is also the grandmother of three "beautiful" grandchildren: Jonathon,3, Nicholas, 2, and Sadie, 2.
After receiving her education from the Cambridge Maryland Hospital School of Nursing, Pase began her 31-year career as a nurse at Delmar Elementary.
"A nurse was something I have always wanted to be," Pase explained. "Being the oldest of eight siblings I guess it's more of a nurturing thing." Pase went on to say that if one child has been changed or has felt love by knowing her, everything she's done will have been worth it. Between 75 to 100 children come through her doors for care each day.
A helper by nature, Pase has served her community in a number of ways. She is a member of the Wicomico County Nurses Association, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Cambridge, the Wicomico County School Health Council, the State of Delaware Board of Elections. She works as a nurse at a 2-week camp at Horn Point in Cambridge for the gifted and talented, is a member of the Lower Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross, is the chairman of the Delmar Utility Commission and she is holding her second 4-year term as a member of the town council.
She is a former member of the Delmar Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary for more than 20 years (and has served as president for three terms), and District 16 president for two terms. She served on the Delmar Jr/Sr High School Board for five years and she is a former member of the Delmar Parks & Recreation Committee.
Although Pase says she has no plans of retiring anytime soon she says when she does retire she hopes to enroll in an art class or two.
"A friend of mine paints," said Pase, "and I really enjoy looking at the things she's done. It's something I've thought about since I was in high school but never pursued."
Pase also said she enjoys reading, visiting the beach and sitting on her deck with her husband.
Pase says when she was told she had won the award she was overwhelmed.
"I know there are a lot of people out there that do so much and the community doesn't have any idea what they do," said Pase. "I want to thank everybody who is responsible for nominating me. It's definitely an honor and I hope that I don't disappoint people."
Pase told of a instance in her life when she had to be admitted into the hospital. Pase says that she felt so much love from the community, even from people she had no idea would even think of her. She says she hopes that each day she can impact someone else's life. "Sometimes I feel that I don't do enough and that bothers me," said Pase. "But the people in Delmar have always made me feel part of the community and I call this my home."