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97 year old honored for lifetime of service

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - It was a chance for those to be recognized who have given so much of their time for others.

About 150 people from across Mississippi showed up to the "2010 Governor's Initiative for Volunteer Excellence Awards."

Several groups were recognized for their work in volunteerism, but 97-year-old Leola Dillard was the highlight of the event.

She was awarded with the "Lifetime Achievement" award for her work with "Make a Difference" in Yazoo County, and 27 years as a school teacher and helping young children.

Dillards' contributions include other accolades, a total of 70 years of service in the lives of others.

"Ever since I was a young lady I have tried to do something for others. It just delights me. And I don't mean to retire; I'm gonna keep on til' God calls me home," said Dillard.

Several other organizations were also recognized throughout the state, all for volunteer efforts helping others.

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