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By Deborah Carl

Busy in Retirement: Logan Couple is 'Meals on Wheels'

LOGAN, UTAH -- A recent study found that over-achievers die after retirement if they don't find something to keep them busy. Retired mail carrier, Rex Thompson and his wife, Edna can expect to live a long time.

The Thompsons worked at the Logan LDS Temple for several years following Rex's retirement, but they decided they wanted to make a contribution to their community as well as their church. "President Hinckley said we don't do enough service, and we need to do more," said Edna, who worked as a stay-at-home mother of five children. "We'd done a lot of service, but it was all to the church. We wanted to get involved with the community, too."

Once a week the couple delivers hot meals to about 23 Cache Valley residents who live alone and aren't able to get out much on their own. They drive a delivery truck with a heater to keep the meals hot and a cooler for salads and other cold items. "There are meals for people with diabetes, low-salt meals, low-cholesterol meals; one woman has asked for no fish. People are all different," Rex said.

"We do a home check, to make sure the people are home and they don't need any help from the folks back at the office," Rex said. "Mostly we're just in and out, unless we need to cheer somebody up. One lady was kind of down at Christmastime, and I said 'shall I get us some booze?' She laughed and said if I got some booze, she'd go put a ribbon in her hair. She said 'all my life I've been hearing that booze will cheer you up, but I didn't know just talking about it would have the same effect!'"

Rex slowed down long enough to recover from heart surgery, but he was back as soon as his doctor said he was OK to drive.


Logan couple delivers meals and cheer
Logan UT Herald Journal 9Jul01 P2
By Sally H. N. Wright
Edna and Rex Thompson deliver meals on wheels


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