August 12, 2015
It is with sorrow I announce the passing of a long time Girl Scout volunteer, Gloria Caddell of Mobile. Mrs. Caddell was a Girl Scout leader for more than 50 years. During that time, she touched countless lives. Her work focused around teaching girls the Girl Scout Law: "I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout." She did make the world a better place, and she was a sister to every Girl Scout. In 2005, she was honored as a "Southern Hero" for her work in the community.
Early in my career here my mother was visiting from out of town. I'm not sure what the event was, but there was a potluck lunch or dinner next door in the volunteer center, so my mother tagged along. She wound up sitting next to Mrs. Caddell, who was quite gracious. My mother had been a primitive camp counselor at a Girl Scout camp at the Lake of the Ozarks during her college years. They started to share stories about their experiences with girls and primitive conditions. - Liz Brent
Beverly Crews' writes, "my own story of experience with Mrs. Caddell would be a camping story of cooking breakfast at camp like a real hobo, using a paper bag to fry bacon and fry the egg. I was certain my bag (and my breakfast) would burn up! Well, of course it cooked up very well. Our troop's first camping trip last year we tried it with great success."
Teri Eversole noted that Mrs. Caddell was teaching first aid to Girl Scout volunteers into her early 80s. She would have the troop leaders do the CPR and other training.
Mrs. Caddell's daughter, Mary, provided this:
"Mom volunteered with Red Cross for over 50 yrs and was awarded The Ralph Holberg award "In recognition of Dedication to the American Red Cross Mission and Goals and in particular to Community involvement and Innovative leadership" in 1990. She was a Water Safety Instructor, First Aid and CPR instructor, and volunteered in Hurricane Shelters in to her 80's. I suspect she taught over 10,000 kids to swim through Scouts and Red Cross, all as a volunteer. Of course many also learned how to canoe, sail, make the perfect marshmallow for s'mores, camp...In 2005 she was honored as a Southern Hero by SouthernLINC, which is for "Outstanding Community Service and Leadership."She sang in the choir and participated in chorale through her mid 80's. She went to the National Girl Scout convention in California as a delegate in 2002."
Please remember her family during this time of loss. Do you have a special memory of Mrs. Caddell? Please share them on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/girlscoutssa