At 92 years Sister Marie Giles is a shining example of unwavering faith, commitment, and service.
During the lockdown, she has sewn scrub bags and masks for medical staff, knitted hats for Syrian refugees, baby hats and blankets for the Poole Maternity Unit, and gloves for the homeless. She has also contributed food for Hope For Food, a local organisation which serves the vulnerable and homeless in the community. She has made meals for the missionaries, cakes, pickles, jams, and lemon curd for Church members and those to whom she ministers.
Sister Giles also cares for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She has recently organised a ‘Temple Week’ for her family, who are spread out over three continents. Realising that they can’t presently attend the Temple, she has arranged for a week of daily temple/family history activities. This starts with a virtual fireside to introduce and motivate all the members of the family, including of course, the young great-grandchildren.
Sister Giles joined the Church, against the wishes of her family who initially disowned her, after being ‘tracted’ by missionaries 62 years ago,
Since then, she has served as Branch and District Primary President, Stake Relief Society President, Stake Young Women President, as a member of a Mission Relief Society Presidency, Relief Society teacher, Chorister, Sunday School teacher, Visiting Teacher and Ministering sister, Family History consultant and, for the last thirty years, as a Temple Worker.
Neither age, nor a recent diagnosis of illness, nor current COVID conditions, have halted her determination to serve as she always has. What an example!