90-year-old volunteer continues to give back

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) -- Ruby Dollar has volunteered at Ardmore's Mercy Hospital for about 20 years and since she doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon.

"First thing, I open the cash register and we put out everything and then we go around and check to see if everything is in place," Dollar said.

She has been giving back for nearly two decades.

"I love to do it," Dollar said. "I look forward to it every Tuesday and Thursday."

Dollar, who was born raised in Southern Oklahoma, says she started working at a young age to support her family.

"I was divorced and had two children that were younger and I was just doing odd jobs," Dollar said.

Dollar ironed and laced leather purses before taking a job as a waitress at a local cafe.

She says it was 1961 when her dad got sick and she was asked to work at the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital by the hospital supervisor.

"I said I have never done hospital work before because this was my first job," Dollar said. "She said 'well we will teach you to do everything if you just want to come, we want you to work for us'."

Dollar spent 40 years working under different doctors before she joined the volunteer group formerly known as The Pink Ladies.

"I had friends that worked in the gift shop and they would come over and meet with me and visit with me," Dollar said. "They always had this pink uniform on and I loved pink - we were called Pink ladies back then."

Now almost 20 years later Ruby is still running the shop and says she will continue to do so.

"As long as God gives me the strength to," Dollar said.

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