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Why I Give: Marylan Bacon '67/'72

Marylan Bacon

Evelyn (Meadows) McAnelly '67, Carolyn (Miller) Murphy Wilson '67, Barbara (Blaine) Thomas '68, Marylan Bacon '67/'72, Cindy (Edmonson) Barham '67

Some of my closest friends are those I met while a student at Hardin-Simmons. Five of us bonded while living in Hunter Hall — my suite mates, a student in a room by herself across the hall whom we "adopted," and me. For 51 years, the five of us kept a Round Robin letter going. For more than 20 years, we have met annually at bed and breakfasts across the state. We have supported each other through the tough times, and rejoiced with each other in the good times. While one member of our group passed away a few years ago, the remaining four of us are still very close.

While the lifelong friends I made as a student at Hardin-Simmons are very dear to me, my professors were also special. They helped prepare me well for a career in teaching. Two faculty members who still stand out are Mrs. Billie (Shirley) Martin and her late husband, Dr. J. G. Martin.

My time at HSU was very fulfilling. I served on the Religious Activities Council all four years, and was in the Delta Social Club for three years, serving as treasurer my junior year and rush chair my senior year. I later returned to HSU, completing my master's degree in English in 1972.

I made my first gift to my alma mater in 1974. Several years later, I learned about the option of a monthly bank draft. Thirty-seven years later, I'm still giving monthly by automatic draft. While I can't give a lot, I can give consistently. I look at it this way: If everyone gives a little every month, it will add up to a lot of money. The bank draft is ideal because I don't have to think about it, take time to write a check, or put a stamp on an envelope...and I don't miss the money.

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