Kevin Smedley recently presented Southern Ohio Medical Center with a commemorative shadow box in honor of the Shanoah Guild and in memory of his mother, the late Stella Smedley; the donation was made on Stella’s birthday, May 5, 2010.
The guild began in the 1960’s and continued for more than thirty years with Stella as president in 1995. The guild sold flower bulbs in the spring, knitted clothes for stillborn babies and hosted an annual Christmas Bazaar. The proceeds were used for special needs and projects at SOMC, including an ice machine for the Maternity Unit.
The plaque in the shadow box reads, “In tribute to the members of the SHANOAH GUILD for their many talents, time and dedication in helping to make Southern Ohio Medical Center what it is today and in memory of Stella Smedley whose creative ideas were an inspiration for many of the items made by the Shanoah Guild. Presented by the Smedley family May 5, 2010.”