By marlys good
Marilyn Thom graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1973. She was working shift work at West Park Hospital in Cody, and with two daughters, Heather who was 7, and Heidi, 5, Marilyn decided to move to Greybull where she took over the school nurse position from the late Marie Hart.
“I thought the hours would work better with my girls growing up,” she said. “Heather started first grade taught by Neva Bentley and Heidi was in the kindergarten taught by Ginny Core.
“There was no training for the job so I just figured things out for myself, with the help of some of the other school nurses in the area.”
She has been with Big Horn County School District No. 3 ever since (along the way she married widower John Hesco). “I have thoroughly enjoyed this job; I will miss everyone,” she said. But she loves everything about nursing. “I don’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a nurse,” she shared. “I have worked in hospitals, in doctor’s offices; I enjoyed it all.”
Anything can happen when you are “doctoring” young school children, but Hesco said, “the funniest was when a student came in with a rock in his (or her, she didn’t say) ear.” The student said, “It just jumped up from the playground and went in my ear.”
Although Marilyn will miss the kids she has seen in her nurse’s office work, as well as the staff and administrators at the schools, she won’t have a lot of time to worry about it.
“John and I plan to travel some to visit our kids and grandkids; we would like to visit Alaska and Hawaii, and maybe take a cruise or two,” she said with a smile in her voice. If that is not a busy enough schedule, she added, “I’m sure I’ll find some volunteer things to keep me busy, too.”