Each year since 1977, Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center has named a community Good Samaritan. A Good Samaritan is a person who cares for others beyond the normal compassion of most people; who actively participates in community organizations and combines community service with personal caring; who works quietly to better the lives of others. Over the years, outstanding individuals have been selected for this special award.
This year, Oak Crest Board President Tim Dunlop made the presentation of the 2012 Good Samaritan Award to Lou Jean Moyer.
Having spent most of her adult life in service to this community, Moyer personifies the Good Samaritan. Many organizations have benefited from her time and talents. Prior to making her home at Oak Crest, she served on the Oak Crest Board of Trustees as a member and president.
Always one to recognize a need and see that it is met, it was through Moyer’s generosity that a covered entry was added to Oak Crest’s west entrance. She continues to volunteer as a greeter, serves at special events, opens her home to visitors as they tour the campus and makes frequent visits to residents recuperating in the Oak Crest Health Center. After retiring from Northern Illinois University, Moyer has remained active in a variety of university-related activities and programs and established a scholarship for students majoring in physical education. Additionally, she uses her time and talents to support many civic organizations and agencies. She continues to serve on the Kishwaukee Health Foundation Board and volunteers at the hospital several times each month. She is an active member of the First United Methodist Church in DeKalb, where she has served as chair of the Church Council and the Newcomer’s Committee. Her service to her faith community also includes her roles as president of the United Methodist Women’s Chapter, an elected delegate to the Northern Illinois Conference, a delegate to the Laity Council at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and service on the Board of Ordained Ministry.
Moyer’s energy, enthusiasm and interest in the world and her community make her an invaluable asset to the many organizations benefiting from her support. Those who have had the privilege to work with her in her many volunteer roles would describe her as a professional, with strong convictions and a warm and giving heart. They would also tell you that her love for her family, friends and neighbors is genuine.