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Area Agency on Aging selects Bonnie Wythe as 2017 Outstanding Senior Citizens for Knox County

  Posted on August 24, 2017

Ontario OH – The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. is proud to announce Bonnie Wythe has been selected as the 2017 Outstanding Senior Citizen for Knox County. She and eight other recipients were honored on Thursday, Aug. 24 at a ceremony hosted at Hawkins Corner.


Bonnie was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Ohio. She participated in 4-H as a child, entering sewing and cooking projects in the Knox County Fair. More recently, Bonnie uses her time and talents to make life better for others, not only in her hometown, but throughout the world by serving in a Morrow County jail ministry, teaching children’s Bible classes and baking birthday cakes for members of her church, participating in Operation: Christmas Child and using a ventriloquist puppet named Elmer to travel and teach children about manners, values, and being a good neighbor. 


Wythe also serves her community through quilting. She has sewn baby quilts and crocheted children’s hats for those in need through the Knox and Morrow County Health Departments and sewn quilts for abused children fighting cancer, residents in local nursing homes, veterans and children in orphanages in India, Mexico, Africa, and the Dominican Republic.


Bonnie has had to cut back on some of her good works due to serious, chronic health issues that require her to use a walker, and she receives oxygen 24 hours a day.  “


“[Wythe] is a very humble lady and was hesitant to ‘toot her own horn’ when asked to accept this nomination,” said nominator Krista Swan. “But as Bonnie said, ‘If this will help another person with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), heart problems, and other health issues to realize that they can still help others, I am willing to do whatever it takes.’”


Each year the Area Agency on Aging honors senior citizens who are making a difference in their communities and present a positive image of aging.


There is one award recipient for each county in the Agency’s service area (Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot.)


Awardees must first be nominated by an individual or organization involved with seniors. They are then selected by the Agency based on the impact of their contributions and accomplishments within the community made after reaching age 60.


Additionally, the following residents of Knox County received the 2017 Safe Driver Award at the ceremony: Jon Dunham, Becky Norris-Fetherolf, and Mary Marti.                   


The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., located at 2131 Park Avenue West in Ontario, provides leadership, collaboration, coordination and services to older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers & resource networks that support individual choice, independence and dignity.