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The Grand Lady of Celtic

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Everybody just adores her. She's the grand lady of Celtic.

​When Betty Wilson left the Red Cross shelter at Celtic Media Centre more than 30 days after August's historic flooding, a whole crowd of volunteers gathered to see her off. "Everybody just adores her," explained Red Cross shelter worker Charlotte Hardy. "She's the grand lady of Celtic."

One Red Cross disaster worker after another praised Wilson for how happy and helpful she was throughout her entire stay at the emergency shelter. She was known for her singing—gospel music she would belt out as she worked alongside the Red Cross volunteers who were there to care for her.

"She helps us clean and fold laundry, and no one has to ask her," said Ron Martel, another Red Cross worker from the Celtic emergency shelter. "She's planning to sign up as a Red Cross volunteer once she gets settled back home."

Thanks to the work of dedicated caseworkers from the Red Cross, Catholic Charities, and FEMA, Wilson moved out of the Red Cross shelter and in to a more comfortable temporary home at a nearby hotel. She is looking forward to returning to her repaired duplex in the coming weeks—and adding a new page to her Red Cross story when she joins the volunteer workforce.