Zelda Butler, pictured here with SIH Human Resources Director Mary Gonzalez and SIH Axillary President Bette Sisson, is one of the Auxiliary’s most long-lived and most dedicated volunteers. She began volunteering in 1954, making curtains for the new hospital building. In 1965 she became coordinator for the local blood drive, a position she held for many years. In 1978 she worked on the committee to move patients from the old Pangborn Skilled Nursing Facility to Southern Inyo Hospital, which was ultimately accomplished.
At the hospital, she was known as the “Cookie Lady.” Every Wednesday and Friday she and her sister, Cydena Lorenz, brought cookies and homemade banana bread to the Skilled Nursing Facility residents.
Zelda is now unable to continue her carding volunteer work due to ill health, but she will not be forgotten by the residents and staff of Southern Inyo Hospital nor by the members of the SIHD community.