DANVILLE — Pictures and figurines of angels grace the home of Mary Rudy. Those who know her from her nursing career or from Carter Metropolitan CME Church see an angelic spirit in her.
So, it’s only appropriate that Rudy should be chosen as a Commercial-News Christmas Angel.
“Mrs. Rudy is a wonderful woman with the heart of an angel,” Darla Keys wrote in her nomination letter. “This woman has prayed with me, prayed for me. She has listened to my ups and downs, and suggested solutions. When I have been hospitalized, she prayed for me and visited me.
“Having her in my life, you can say God has sent me an angel.”
She added, “Most of all, I appreciate when we are about to hang up and she says ‘I love you.’ It has been wonderful having her in my life.”
Both women are members of Carter Metropolitan, where Rudy is exhorter and stewardess, and has taught Wednesday Bible study for 21 years.
Rudy described Keys as a sweet person and a hard worker at the church. When Keys asks for prayers, Rudy said it makes her feel good to find out later that the prayers were answered.
The best gift you can give someone, Rudy said, is a listening ear and some positive advice. Also, make sure you don’t disconnect yourself from God.
“When you have a good relationship with God, nothing is impossible,” she said. Even when your prayers aren’t answered, she added, “We still give him praise, honor and thanks, and try to do what he wants us to do.”
Rudy, who will be 72 in February, learned some strong values while growing up in Danville.
“My grandmothers taught me to treat people the way you want to be treated,” she said. “I was taught to respect my elders, say ‘Yes, ma’m’ or ‘Yes, sir,’ and call them ‘Mr.’ or ‘Mrs.’”