A Legacy of Caring
Mabel Alice Vest Mahood was a regular volunteer at her church and with Mary’s Cradle. She died last year, but a gift from her estate continues her legacy of caring.
Mabel lived a life that exemplified her faith. Because she valued education, she served as a Sunday school teacher at Bland Street United Methodist Church. Because she understood how we are called to serve others in need, she volunteered with the American Red Cross. Because she believed in a God of love, she served as a volunteer at Mary’s Cradle each week.
Mary’s Cradle is a ministry of the Bluefield Cooperative Parish, located at Trinity United Methodist Church. It has served as a maternal and infant resource center for pregnant women and young families in Southwest Virginia and Southern West Virginia since 1995. Those in need can receive maternity clothes, newborn layettes, and clothes for young children. Diapers, books, formula and even baby furniture are distributed from “the cradle”. Francis Coffey, who served as a Church and Community Worker for Mary’s Cradle said, “God’s love is moving through this ministry…”
Days before she died, Mabel instructed her attorney to include a bequest in her will to benefit Mary’s Cradle. That gift created the Mabel Vest Mahood Memorial Trust at The Foundation. The legacy she created will be another way that God’s love will move through the ministry of Mary’s Cradle.