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Muir is Imlay's Citizen of Year

Yvonne Wilson, Desert Angels also earn awards from Imlay Chamber

December 08, 2010
IMLAY CITY — Community service is cornerstone in the Muir family.

Bob Muir, the 2010 Citizen of the Year, is the second generation to receive the honor from the Imlay City Chamber of Commerce. His parents, Doris and the late Grant Muir, were given the same award in 1983.

He and others were recognized at the Chamber's annual dinner dance on Saturday at the Countryside Banquet Center. Yvonne Wilson was given the Merit Award and the Desert Angels were recognized with the Service Club Award.

"I'm very honored to receive this award," Muir said.

"It was a thrill to see my dad and mom nominated but I never figured it would happen to me."

Bob Muir receives his 2010 Citizen of the Year award from State Representative Kevin Daley. photo by Maria Brown.

State Representative Kevin Daley called Muir a "pillar of the community." He joined the family business, Muir Brothers Funeral Home, in 1982; served as president and vice president of the chamber; was a 15 year ambulance service volunteer; served as chairperson of the gazebo committee; sat on the city's planning commission and other boards and is active in the Imlay City United Methodist Church and Imlay City Lions Club. Muir has also held posts with various mortuary industry groups and sponsors a scholarship fund in his father's memory.

And, Daley noted, his employees say Muir is "one of the best bosses in town.'"

Making the night even more memorable was the surprise arrival of Bob and wife, Sharon's children—Kathryn, Meredith and Geoffrey. Kathryn made the trek from Cleveland where she's studying medicine at Case Western Reserve University; Meredith traveled from Chicago where she's studying interdisciplinary studies in Bible theology and sociology at Wheaton College and Geoffrey is in his senior year at Imlay City High School.

Yvonne Wilson was given accolades for her years of service on the chamber board, Blueberry Festival committee and, in particular, for the time she stepped in as interim chamber director.

"Yvonne stepped in with poise and a level of professionalism that helped the chamber become what it is today," Chamber President Randy Jorgensen said during the presentation.

Wilson, a retired Imlay City teacher, is also active in the HERO program at Imlay City Schools, the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and her church.

Desert Angel volunteers Louise Downs, Carol Carrole and Sandie Smith accepted the Service Club award on behalf of the men and women serving in the military.

The organization sends care packages to soldiers serving overseas, delivers quilts to wounded service men and women in the hospital and organizes fundraisers to outfit K-9 units.

Sandie Smith, of Imlay City, has been instrumental in coordinating packing parties with the Imlay City Senior Center, National Honor Society members and others from the community.

A packing party will be held at the senior center this Saturday following the Christmas parade at noon.

In addition to the awards ceremony, Chamber members and their guests enjoyed dinner, cocktails, a silent auction and entertainment provided by the Wayward Wind band.

Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she now resides north of Capac where she enjoys working on the farm, gardening and reading.
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