The two long-term volunteers were the face of the hospital’s gift shop for many years, helping those who wanted to bring cheer with a gift to a loved one suffering or providing a congratulatory gift to families with new babies.
“And I am Meaner,” Stevens was quick to point out as well-wishers gathered to celebrate their retirement from the Floyd Medical Center Auxiliary on Wednesday afternoon.
The two, who have volunteered together for more than 30 years, greeted friends and family together and cut a cake celebrating their retirement in the hospital’s cafeteria.
According to hospital officials, their work in the gift shop raised more than $1 million for the hospital, and the women logged more than 100,000 volunteer hours.
Wayne Duke remembers a time when they lived up to their nicknames.
“They had a storage room, and I let an electrician in there,” said Duke, who worked in maintenance at the time. “They chewed me out because I left an electrician alone in the storage room.”
Both started off doing a little bit of everything around the hospital before they started working in the gift shop.
Cescutti, who started in April of 1971, recalled pushing televisions and volunteer carts.
Stevens came to Floyd Medical Center eight years later in 1979 and also recalls doing a variety of tasks before she and Cescutti started overseeing the gift shop.
They went to markets together to pick out what would be sold at the gift shop, according to Tooken Richardson Cade, who served as director of volunteer services for FMC from 1980 to 1989 and often accompanied the women.
Cescutti and Stevens have not only served together as volunteers, but they are close friends.
“We dressed alike, and we’ve been asked if we are sisters,” Cescutti said.
“We’ve been asked if we are twins,” Stevens added.
They planned to retire at the same time, but that doesn’t mean the two will not be seeing each other.
They play bells together at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and they exercise together.
“We are going to get rid of some of this blubber,” Stevens said.