Retirement after a lifetime of volunteer work


For her entire life, one Fort Stockton woman has been giving to others, now she gets to take time for herself.

For 83-year-old Dora Rascon, volunteering for the church and for the Pecos County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary have taken up all of her time.

She has given over 12,000 hours to the Auxiliary since she started 40 years ago.

“I love to be involved with people and I love to help people,” she said.

Her last meeting will be at the end of December and after she plans to travel around and spend time with her two grandchildren.

“I'm going to miss being a member of Auxiliary, they are my second family,” she said.

Rascon was born in Mexico and moved to Fort Stockton when she was little.

She quit school after elementary school so she could stay home and help her mother with house cleaning, cooking and taking care of her brothers.

After all this time, she never worked besides the volunteering and taking care of her three kids.

She got married 62 years ago to Luciano and enjoyed being able to support her kids during school with their endeavors like band.

“I 100% support them, I loved going back and forth and out of town for their events,” she said.

Rascon said she is retiring not because she is tired and needs to slow down but because she wants to spend time with her family.

“It's been so many years,” she said. “I would like the opportunity to visit my kids and my grandkids.”

She has family in Colorado, Odessa, Lubbock and near Dallas that her and her husband plan to see since he is retired as well.

“I take care of him and he takes care of me,” said Rascon.

After 62 years of marriage, Rascon said the only trick to a long marriage is being with the right person.

“It takes a lot of communication,” she said.

Family is the most important thing to Rascon and she is excited for the holidays.

“I love that my kids come and visit me,” she said.