Angels Among Us - September, 2010 - Suzy Beard of Fort Wayne

By Linda Jackson

September 8, 2010 Updated Sep 8, 2010 at 9:13 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - This month's Angel Among Us is Suzy Beard, a dental hygienist and dental and health educator at Matthew 25 in Fort Wayne.

Suzy's been there 20 years. She does a lot of "extra" for her patients who often have great need. Suzy says "they" are the ones who teach her and calls Matthew 25 a "miracle clinic."

Suzy loves her co-workers, too. They, her caring family, private practice crew and her church family support her with all her volunteering, especially when Christmas rolls around.

Through Miss Virginia's, Suzy helps fill hundreds of food baskets for those in need.

Kim Bowman and Bonnie McBee nominated Suzy. Bonnie spilled the beans about Angel during a recent meeting.

Suzy Beard said, "I was shocked because they have to put up with a lot from me!"

Bonnie McBee said, "Suzy has a big heart, a very caring heart. She's open to all, she never turns anybody away, she would give you anything that she had. She thinks about others above herself always, and she's just wonderful."

Suzy said, "Two things I try to live by, and I fail every day. That is to love God above everything, and to love others. Whether it's your next door neighbor or someone in a nursing home or hospital or someone you work with, the joy you get and rewards, not thinking you're going to get a reward or payback, is way beyond whatever you give to that person. My main job in life that God has given me is to be a beggar, so if you happen, no, I'm kidding."

Suzy attends St. Vincent's Catholic Church and credits her strong faith for all the joy in her life.

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