Linda Robertson, of Rolla, was chosen Senior Companion of the Month for the month of August.
Robertson and her sister were born in Waynesville, Missouri but later moved to Dixon, Springfield, and Labadie, Missouri and then returned to Rolla, Missouri in 1973.
“When my mom was sick, I had a Senior Companion for her,” Robertson said. “It really helped me to get out of the house and take care of errands. So when I was given the opportunity, I became a Senior Companion. I love to help people,” she said. “I like to cook and bring my client’s food. I make sure they get to their doctor appointments and I pick up their medicines.”
Robertson began working as a waitress and cook, but later became a telephone operator for Sears and Roebuck and a night dispatcher and jailer for Maries County Sheriff while raising six children.
In 1980, she became a telephone operator for United Telephone in Rolla. When the phone company changed its name to Sprint, she was promoted as a scheduler in Jefferson City and when the company changed its name again to Century Link, she was promoted to Kansas City, Missouri.
Between her husband and her, Robertson raised 10 children and now has 42 grandchildren and great and great great grandchildren.
The Senior Companion Program is sponsored by the Phelps County commission, the Corporation for National and Community Service,. as well as several local groups and individuals. Senior Companions greatest work is to help their peers maintain their independence they have worked for all their lives.
If you know a Phelps County resident who might benefit from the services of a Senior Companion or someone 55 or older who would like to become a Senior Companion, call 573-458-6180 for further information.