Marge Aylward: A Faithful Servant to the Parish and Community
Nov 2, 2018
Marge Aylward and her husband, Ron, have been parishioners of St. Anselm for as long as it’s existed.
“We’ve been out [in West County] since 1964, so when the Parish was formed, we were members originally,” Marge said. “Ron was on the first Parish Council that decided to establish the Parish here with Msgr. Slattery.”
Marge and Ron both grew up in St. Louis, Marge in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish and Ron in St. James the Greater Parish.
The couple was married for just one year before moving out to West County and then becoming part of St. Anselm Parish.
“For most of our married life, St. Anselm has been our spiritual home,” Marge said.
Over the past 52 years, both Marge and Ron have helped the Parish grow through their involvement in many different ministries.
Currently, they both serve liturgically as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and lectors. Marge started and continues to facilitate the devotions to Our Lady of Perpetual Help every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m., and she also serves as the Parish captain for women’s White House retreats.
Marge is also St. Anselm’s Parish coordinator of the St. Patrick’s Center lunch program. That position builds a bridge between her Parish involvement and her other community involvement, which is extensive. She’s been on the St. Patrick’s Center Board of Trustees since it was established, following her tenure on the Board of Directors and various program committees—more than 30 years of service in total.
“It’s serving the homeless, or those at risk, and helping them change their lives,” Marge said. “Not only are they feeding people there, but [the clients] have to get involved in programs.”
Her involvement certainly doesn’t stop there. She’s also a weekly Extraordinary Minister and NICU baby-cuddler at Mercy Hospital, and she’s served on leadership boards at Maryville University ever since she graduated as a nontraditional student.
The community has taken note of how much Marge gives of herself. In October, she received the St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation “Ageless Remarkable St. Louisan Award” for her service.
And she doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon—as long as the Lord continues to give her good health and energy, she’ll keep on serving.
“My faith guides my life. From your faith, you learn to serve others, and you benefit from that tremendously,” she said. “My family fills my life with love and support all the time. I couldn’t do all this stuff if my husband didn’t support me every day.”