August 22, 2014
Riverside, CA — For over 15 years, Marion Ashby has been a valuable member of Riverside Community Hospital's volunteer services and on August 18th, 2014, Marion celebrated her 100th birthday! While still a very active member of the Volunteer Services department, Marion has donated over 13,500 hours of her service to Riverside Community Hospital. In 2012, she was also honored by the City of Riverside when awarded the Senior Volunteer of the Year award. This award recognizes senior citizens who have donated time and talents to the community.
Marion began volunteering at Riverside Community Hospital in September of 1997. She started her volunteer services in the Gift Shop and then moved to Errand Services where she serves today, providing support to departments within the hospital.
Marion was born to Earnest Lawrence and Mary Jackson Lawrence on August 18, 1914 in Sioux City, Iowa. She had a sister who lived to be 96 and a brother who is now passed. She attended Joy Elementary and Central High School.
In 1936, Marion married Maxwell Hain and had a son, Michael. When Michael was only two years old, she lost her husband and moved to California. As a single mom, she attended the Los Angeles Business School and later began a 19 year career as a secretary for the District Manager of Beken Van Storage.
In 1952, Marion met her second husband Kenneth Ashby and they lived in Santa Maria and had her second son named Daniel.
In 1997, she moved to Riverside to live with her son Michael and his wife after she lost her husband. Marion has five grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. In her free time, Marion enjoys volunteering at the hospital and knitting.
On Monday, the Hospital and Volunteer department hosted a special celebration in recognition of her dedication to her community and admirable milestone in her life.
About Riverside Community Hospital
Founded in 1901, Riverside Community Hospital is a 373 licensed bed, full-service acute care hospital in the heart of the Inland Empire. With over 500 physicians on staff, representing over 200 specialties and over 1,900 employees, Riverside Community Hospital is an Inland Empire leader in providing advanced, comprehensive health care to the Inland region. RCH houses the largest Emergency Room and Trauma Center in the Inland Empire at 50 beds with an average wait time of only 22 minutes. RCH is one of Riverside County's only STEMI (heart attack) receiving centers and is a fully accredited Chest Pain Center. Centers of Excellence include the HeartCare Institute, offering invasive and non-invasive cardiac procedures, the Transplant Program and a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. RCH recently embarked on a major campus expansion project that included a brand new 5-level state-of-the-art parking garage adding 1,060 new parking spaces, a 3-story Medical Office Building, and a new 7-story patient tower with 105 private patient rooms. When completed, RCH will house 478 licensed beds.