By LIBBY CLUETT
Tammy Lovell found out she was Woman of the Year just hours after the Sunday, Dec. 30 issue of the Index was off the press and delivered at her door.
She said she and her husband, Gary, stayed up late the Saturday night before watching a movie.
She said she noticed he didn't fall asleep during the movie as he usually does and “kept looking outside.”
“Finally the movie was over and he went out and got the newspaper – and it was 2 o'clock in the morning – and he starts opening it up to read it. I couldn't imagine why he was going to read the paper at 2 o'clock in the morning,” she said. “And I said, 'What are you doing, looking for your girlfriend?' And he said, 'By the way, I am,' and showed me the paper and there I was.
“It was kind of a shock at 2 o'clock in the morning. I had no clue at all,” Tammy Lovell added. “I looked at the paper and thought, 'Oh my gosh, that's me.' It was very shocking.”
Lovell was awarded the Index's 2012 honor for all of her community work, whether at the First United Methodist Church Food Bank and chairing the organization's Back Pack Buddies or helping get at least two non-profit organizations – the Mineral Wells Center of Life and Noah's Ark Thrift Store – up and running.
Her two main goals are to “Break the cycle of poverty and all of us working together to do it,” Lovell said.
“I feel like, right now, God ... he wants this to all happen,” she said. “I mean he wants us to work together. It's not about one church or one organization. I don't know, there's just a spirit of something good happening in Mineral Wells.