Mary Risk worked as a nurse throughout her career after graduating from Lancaster General Hospital Nursing School in 1937.
Affectionately called “Pioneers,” Mary and her husband were among the very first residents to move into Willow Valley. She learned that many other retired nurses also lived at Willow Valley, and she thought it would be fun to invite them all to her home for a gathering. That lasting moment started simply as a social group, but with the encouragement of team member Carol Mellinger, it grew into a large professional luncheon meeting of Willow Valley retired nurses with speakers who helped the nurses stay current in their field. But, whatever sort of meeting they have, Mary says, with a twinkle in her eye, ” We always have a real good time, too.”