Bridge at St. Joe honors residents, community members

Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:22 AM.

He was surprised by the recognition but was happy to have his hard work recognized by both the staff and directors at The Bridge.

“I got suspicious when they wanted to take my picture,” added Little with a laugh.

Schoelles was born in Apalachicola and was named Miss Apalachicola in 1951 at the age of 17.

She had a career in real estate and was later hired as the executive director of the Apalachicola Housing Authority where she served for 26 years, meeting the needs of the community.

Schoelles is perhaps best known for a calendar she created with her friends and sold to raise funds that allowed area women to get mammograms. The former resident passed away last month.

Marketing director Terri Nelson has worked in the activities department at The Bridge for three years and spent a lot of time with Schoelles.

“Ruth is being honored for what she gave to the community,” said Nelson. “She was amazing.”

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