Earlsboro woman wins AARP award

Phyllis Crosswell of Earlsboro was recognized for 30 years of volunteering. She is the recipient of the 2013 AARP Oklahoma Andrus Award for Community Service.
BY CRAIG E. DAVIS Modified: November 15, 2013 at 5:36 pm •  Published: November 16, 2013
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Earlsboro resident Phyllis Crosswell's dedication to helping make life better for others was recognized as she was named the recipient of the 2013 AARP Oklahoma Andrus Award for Community Service.

The award — the highest given by AARP — was presented at a luncheon in Oklahoma City. Crosswell was one of seven nominees for the honor.

“Phyllis Crosswell is a living example of AARP's vision in which everyone ages with dignity and purpose,” said AARP Oklahoma State President Marjorie Lyons. “Her passion to help others live a more fulfilling life is inspiring, tireless and infectious.”

Over the past 30 years, Crosswell has dedicated her time, talent and uplifting spirit to local and state organizations including the AARP Shawnee Chapter — which she serves as president, Lyons said.

Crosswell is also a volunteer at the Shawnee Senior Center, RSVP of Pottawatomie County, Meals on Wheels, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Oklahoma, Heartland Hospice of Shawnee and Immanuel Baptist Church. She has served 18 years on the Earlsboro school board.