By LIBBY CLUETT
As if her work as chair for the First United Methodist Church Food Bank, for the past eight years, wasn’t enough, in 2012, this year’s Woman of the Year made a difference in the community.
In addition to the FUMC Food Bank, a quick glance of her 2012 endeavors include:
• Serving as a founding board member of the start-up Center of Life.
• Chairing Backpack Buddies through the food bank – a program she helped initiate in Mineral Wells.
• Helping with the Crazy Water Festival – having run the children’s area through FUMC and helping in other areas.
• Serving as a founding board member for Noah’s Ark Thrift Store, which opened this year.
• Coordinating, with the help of others through email and Facebook, needs among individuals in the community.
• Helping initiate the Palo Pinto County Disaster Relief organization, which started with the Rhodes Ranch Complex Fire in August.
• Working with the Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce, through her business Freeze Carpets and through the FUMC Food Bank.
• Working with Clark Gardens Botanical Park’s annual BOOtanical event at Halloween, which raises monies and non-perishable food for area charitable organizations.
Those who know her, know this is none other than Tammy Lovell, who is the Index’s 2012 Woman of the Year.
At 48, the 1983 Mineral Wells High School graduate and active, hands-on grandmother seems to have ramped up her community activity, even more this year with so many new organizations she’s been a part of. All this, while maintaining her work as co-owner/treasurer/secretary/store manager of Freeze Carpets, according to her husband of 30 years, Gary Lovell.
“She has been our rock,” he said of her role with Freeze Carpets.
Lovell noted they purchased in 1989 with Tammy’s father, Jerry Watts.
“She worked for the store since the early ‘70s and she was in and out, working during school breaks,” he added.
Now, “she actually runs the business end of the store. She does bookwork at home and works in store until 5-5:30 p.m., and still does the rest,” he said, citing that she has one to two non-profit organization meetings a week and spends until about 11 p.m. each night checking emails and Facebook “to see if someone is needing something.”
Gary Lovell said Tammy maintains a network by attending the monthly community network meetings and through electronic media. Through the latter, she can “help distribute things to needy people and food banks. She checks each night to see if someone needs something.”