- Cullman, Alabama

April 1, 2013

Unsung Heroes: Stella Bozeman and Melba Palys

The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — I would like to nominate two ladies that are sisters for the Unsung Hero Award.  Mrs. Stella Bozeman, left, and Mrs. Melba Palys. I couldn't nominate one without nominating the other because they work together all the time. They could be called the Sisters of Charity. They do a tremendous amount of community charity work for Cullman, surrounding communities, and the State of Alabama.

Mrs. Bozeman served as the lunchroom manager at the Welti Elementary School for 33 years. Mrs. Palys taught school at Holly Pond, Baileyton, and Parkside schools for 25 years. They helped many children and parents in their job capacity, but they also did many activities to raise money for the schools.

Stella and Melba have helped volunteers organize, work, prepare and cook the food at the Welti Elementary School Chicken Supper for over 35 years. The suppers have raised thousands of dollars for the school. They worked weeks on it without any compensation. They have done this even though they both have retired from the school system.

These two ladies have worked on the fund raisers at the Welti Presbyterian Church. They cooked, baked, worked, and made articles to sell at the bazaars. They made food for events, funerals, and any occasions that came up at the church.

Mrs. Bozeman and Mrs. Palys have worked on numerous activities which have raised thousands of dollars for the Children's Hospital of Alabama. They helped with silent auctions, collected articles for drawings, collected articles for prizes, and worked game day activities at the Holly Pond School. They have done all of this out of love for the sick and injured children in

Besides their charity work, Stella and Melba have cared for family members that have had health problems or have been ill. They have spent countless hours taking care of these family members in need of their loving care.

Mrs. Bozeman and Mrs. Palys have gone out of their way to help anyone or any worthy cause.

They are truly Unsung Heroes.  Their work with schools, churches, clubs, and the hospital have helped a lot of people all over the community, county, and state. They have done all of this out of love for other people and wanting to make a difference in other people's lives. They have done all of this without recognition or compensation.

I respectfully ask that you recognize these ladies for all of their work and dedication by honoring them with the Unsung Hero Award.

— Nominated by Glenda N.Wright