86-year-old finds love, connection as a Walmart greeter after husband dies

Photo first published by WDRB-TV.

When 86-year-old Mary Ruth Robinson dons her blue vest to greet customers entering or leaving the Walmart store in Carrollton, Ky., she is doing more than just waving at passing people.

She is receiving some of the love she lost after her husband of 60 years died following a grueling five-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Yet, at the same time, she is giving love to others. Her infectious smile can change the tone of someone’s day, WDRB-TV reported.

“I wish everybody could have that kind of love,” said Robinson. “I thought well if I don’t go to work, I will die of loneliness, because I miss him.”

Working at Walmart ensures Mary Ruth gets out of her house and surrounds herself with other people. It softens the loneliness she feels, but also gives her life purpose and meaning.

She means so much to other shoppers that they even buy Mary Ruth flowers upon occasion.

“Working is a beautiful thing, it’s beautiful therapy, and I need the money,” Robinson said with a laugh.

Mary Ruth’s full story as well as a news segment about the impact she is having on people living in Carrollton, Ky., can be found at www.wdrb.com.