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Area Agency on Aging selects Rita Barton as 2017 Outstanding Senior Citizen for Morrow County

  Posted on August 24, 2017

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


Barton grew up in Morrow County and worked at HPM in Mt. Gilead after graduating from Cardington High School. She married Frank Barton, and they raised three boys, Tim, Tom, and Steve who have given them eight grandchildren.  Their families and careers have kept her involved with school, community, and church activities.  They are active members of their church. 


In later years, Barton worked for the local Red Cross and Morrow County Health Department. She became an ambassador for conservation of land and resources by educating our youth about the importance of recycling and landfills.  She has provided educational experiences for students and programs for many community groups. 


Since retiring, Barton devotes her time to organizing and helping with blood mobiles and has become a member of the Chester Arbor Gleaners and serves as Vice President. She recently became a hospice volunteer after the death of her husband due to cancer. She visits nursing homes and assists elderly with their needs whether it be transportation, meals, or just a phone call or visit to make things easier. Barton has served on many boards and has worked closely with our county officials. She also helps with her son’s sanitation business.


Barton does not just give up her time but also donates financial support to groups with no thought of recognition.  She puts others before herself, and the time she puts into all the things she does in the county makes her worthy of being recognized for this award in Morrow County.


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 Morrow County received the 2017 Safe Driver Award at the ceremony:       Sandy Bachelder, Don Barker, Roger Counts and Gene McHugh.                          


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.