Hometown Hero: Changing Lives Stitch by Stitch

By: Stephanie Schelkun Email
By: Stephanie Schelkun Email

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- Isabell Marino is 94 years old,but from sitting and talking with her, you would never guess it.

For 27 years, Isabell has been a widow, doing things to keep her mind young and her heart warm.

Her newest venture is making prayer shawls -- something Isabell's close friend and prayer shawl organizer, Jean Ramsey, says takes a lot of hard work and a big spiritual connection.

"Each shawl she makes takes about 14 hours and she has been bringing in consistently four to six shawls a week," says Jean. "And if you do the math, think of the hours. She's made approximately 450 prayers shawl times 14. She can do the math, I can't, because she's still so sharp."

Isabell says her hands don't ever get tired, but her shoulder sometimes hurts.

But even the aches and pains don't keep Isabell from comforting others.

Each shawl is blessed then given to sick patients.

"It gives her a reason to get up every morning, and she's so glad that she's still able to do things and give them comfort, people that she's never going to meet," Jean tells WSAZ.com.

For all of Isabell's hard work, the entire WSAZ staff is honored to recognize her as this week's Hometown Hero.

With each stitch, Isabell helps bring another smile to another face, something she says keeps her going at the ripe young age of 94.

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