Office for the Aging


Delaware County Honorees

Cathleen Holmes was born in 1920 in the Town of Colchester in Delaware County. She lost both of her parents at a young age and Cathleen went to live with her aunt and uncle. In 1938, at a square dance, she met a young lad by the name of Clifford Holmes. This was the beginning of a romance that led to 54 years of marriage. They have five children. Her husband enlisted in the army after their third child was born. Cathleen had to raise the three children on her own as her husband was serving his country in Saipan.

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In 1963, after her children were grown, Cathleen graduated from an LPN Nursing Program and was immediately hired to work as a charge nurse at the Delaware County Infirmary, which is known today as Countryside Care Center-responsible for the care of 100 residents. After working for 15 years she made the difficult decision to retire. Immediately following her retirement she signed up to work per diem. Cathleen continued to work a couple of hours every Saturday and Sunday assisting with feeding of residents who were unable to feed themselves. Cathleen has been an active member of her church for almost 60 years and has served in a variety of capacities including trustee and elder. Cathleen is presently involved with the Delaware County Senior Council, Office for the Aging Advisory Board, and the Delaware Opportunities Board of Directors. She's also an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Delhi and has been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over fifty years. Cathleen started a Ladies Coffee Club in DeLancey several years ago and to this day continues to meet every other Thursday for coffee and lunch.

She started offering her time for the feeling of accomplishment, and compassion for taking care of seniors in her community who are less fortunate. She states, "I always know what is going on and I know how to get the job done."

Mabel Adams was born in Riverhead, NY, in 1931. Mabel was one of five siblings. She moved to Suffolk, Virginia with her parents at a very young age. In July of 1950 she married her husband John. They were married for 44 years. In 1963 she and her husband, and three children moved to Delhi, NY. When Mabel heard "New York" she was envisioning metropolitan "New York City." Mabel was employed at SUNY Delhi for thirty years before she retired in April of 1995. She has been a resident of Delhi for close to 50 years.

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Noted for her wonderful smile and cheerfulness, Mabel is always putting others before herself. After her retirement she decided to become more involved in her community. She currently spends much of her time volunteering, running errands, sharing stories and visiting with seniors in the community. She is a volunteer for medical transportation through the Office for the Aging and takes seniors to medical appointments. Mabel is a member of the Delaware County Senior Council in which she serves on many committees. She is involved with the Delhi Senior Social club, and is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Delhi. Mabel is a member of the Saint John's Episcopal Church and is very active in her faith. In the past she has served as the trustee and secretary for the local cemetery and a greeter at the local high school.

Mabel has been volunteering in the community for close to 20 years. She lists a feeling of accomplishment in helping others who are not as fortunate as she, setting an example for her children, and encouraging others to volunteer as reasons she donates her time. "If everyone would volunteer this world would be a better place," she said.