At 84, she entertains nursing home crowds

With a small suitcase in hand, Sister Betsy Jean Cowell makes her way through the streets of St. Marys in Sydney, Australia, to catch a bus. Her bus travel takes her to St. Marys station, where she then catches a train to Springwood, Blacktown or Richmond. Despite some difficulty, Sister Cowell, from the Claremont Meadows Ward, Penrith Australia Stake, travels long distances to bring joy to groups of elderly citizens in nursing homes — many of whom are around her same age.

For many years, and especially since the death of her husband, Bill, in 1994, Sister Cowell has volunteered as an entertainer at nursing homes around Sydney. In the early days she would travel to locations around Sydney — all on public transport. These days, with her knees giving her pain and discomfort, Sister Cowell restricts herself to bringing cheer each month to closer nursing homes.

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