By TYLER MASK
Many are called to work for one reason or another. Whether one works to feed themselves and their families or wakes up each day fighting for a cause, every individual has a story. But out of every story, there are the lucky few who take on the daily grind because it's what they absolutely love. Palo Pinto General Hospital Heart Center Director Mundae McGettes, LVN, is one of these lucky few.
McGettes was born in Lawton, Okla. She grew up in California with her mother, but eventually headed to Palo Pinto County.
“I went from the fast paced lifestyle living out there to living out in the country in the middle of nowhere,” McGettes said. “And I love it.”
Her roots in Palo Pinto County trace back to a time before Possum Kingdom Lake. In fact, there is a funny story behind that.
“When they built the lake, they took a lot of my great grandfather's land by imminent domain,” McGettes said.
Nevertheless, her family stuck around PK, living on the island that formed on the lake – McGettes maiden name is Costello and her great-grandfather was Edd Costello.
“They actually lived on the island when the lake was first dammed up, but when it finally reached a certain point, they were tired of traveling back and forth by lake. My family doesn't actually own the island anymore. They sold it when I was young, and they purchased more property where I currently live.”
Her great-grandfather was also famous for naming the town of Pickwick, Texas, from a novel by Charles Dickens, “The Pickwick Papers.” Pickwick is sunken under PK Lake.
Her great grandfather isn't the only one who is a reader because McGettes is currently working towards her RN, which requires a lot of reading.