I knew it was coming. After I wrote about my two most interesting men friends, I have been asked to name my two most interesting female friends.

I knew it was coming. After I wrote about my two most interesting men friends, I have been asked to name my two most interesting female friends.
This task was more difficult, because of so many women have influenced my life, even my own mother who died when I was ten years old.
But here goes. The first women I chose is my late friend Norma Crews. If I ever met a “saint on Earth,” she was it.
It was not at all unusual for her to call and say “I have some money left over from this month. Do you know anyone who needs something?”
I rarely did know someone, but she had the other ways “to spread the wealth.”
Her service to the local Hispanic community was strong. Having grown up on a ranch along the Mexican border, she could speak and relate to Hispanics.
She was often called by local officials to translate. Many times she went to the police station or the sheriff’s department. If the Hispanic was in on alcohol charges, she would tear into them. She told then they were a stain on the community, and she ordered them to never drink and drive again. She would also tell them to learn English. “You are in America now. Learn English!”
My second choice is a relative, a niece. Nancy went from high school to nursing school at Baylor University. She got a full degree and then went to work at the hospital where Dr. Michael E. DeBakey was doing his early work with heart surgery.
All the hospital staff feared Dr. DeBakey, as he walked the hall looking very grumpy. Nancy vowed not to be afraid of the great doctor and would call out a cheery “Good Morning” when she met him. It took a few meetings for him to warm up to this treatment.
A few months later, Dr. DeBakey formed a team to do heart replacements. Nancy, a new young nurse, was on the team.
Helping with the great work was a good education for Nancy. She became quite a heart care specialist on the nursing side.
After she left the team, she took a job with Medtronics, one of the leading suppliers of heart products such as pace makers. In that job, she was assigned to visit doctors and tell them how to use the company products and she also told them of new innovations.
The doctor offices she was assigned were world wide. She went to such places as Germany, Japan, England and other places working with the doctors there.
Although she did not directly save lives, she saved many people through her work with Dr. DeBakey and with Medtronics.
So these are the two women I chose. One was a mini Mother Teresa and the other a mini Madam Currie. I am sure every reader has known women who lived interesting lives. I’m sure the world has many “Mother Thersa’s” and “Madam Curries.”
 

Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.