Local Realtor Honors Late Childhood Friend In Creation of Endowment at Local Domestic Violence Shelter

By HEAL Staff Writer Jessica Martinez 

Pictured are Marge Woodul (left) and her daughter-in-law, Micah Woodul, HEAL Board Member.

When you own a building, whether a home, business, or otherwise, there are unavoidable maintenance and upkeep costs: cleaning, painting, and repairs, to name a few. 

The Nest, Lincoln County’s first and only domestic violence shelter, is like one big house.  One big house with 14 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 28 beds, 1 double kitchen, a large food pantry and storage room, laundry room, and that’s not including the staff area and administrative offices.  One could imagine how much maintenance costs are magnified in such a facility.  This is one of the reasons why the Nest was thrilled to receive a recent donation from Marge Woodul.

Woodul grew up in El Paso and moved to Lincoln County in 1972.  She has been a realtor for forty years, currently an Associate Broker at Caldwell Banker.    

A dear childhood friend of Woodul’s, Suzanne Bradford Mason, passed away last October.  When Mason’s birthday came around this February, Woodul wanted to mark the occasion.  

“Sue had a lifetime of volunteer work, so it seemed fitting to make a donation in her name,” Woodul said. “She was a consistent volunteer leader, working diligently, making lives better for many causes where she lived in Greenwich, Connecticut.”

In fact, Mason served as president for the Junior League of Greenwich, served on the board of the Greenwich Youth Shelter, chaired fundraising efforts for the Greenwich Adult Day Care, and volunteered for such organizations as Greenwich Red Cross, United Way, Children’s Day School, Center for Hope, the Department of Children Youth Services Regional Advisory Council, and the Task Force for the Deinstitutionalized of State Offenders.  As friends lovingly recall, Sue “was involved in so many renovation projects that she named herself the vice president of hammers and nails, a fitting title for a girl whose favorite toy as a child was an erector set.”

Woodul decided to make her donation locally where she could watch Sue’s legacy  make a difference.  Therefore, she created the “Sue Mason Hammer and Nails Endowment” at the Nest Domestic Violence Shelter, into which Woodul has pledged to continue to fund each year on Mason’s birthday and into which the public may also contribute on the Nest’s website or by indicating such on any mail-in or drop-off donation.  The funds from the endowment will be used for shelter maintenance. “We are so appreciative of Mrs. Woodul’s contribution to our shelter,” said Miranda Puryear. Shelter Supervisor. “Her efforts will make a real difference for staff and residents alike by improving the appearance and functionality of the Nest.”

To make a contribution to this endowment or one of HEAL & the Nest’s other causes, visit www.helpendabuseforlife.org/donate.

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