Marguerite Oberg

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is honoring one of its long-time volunteers by naming the hospital’s in-house flower shop after her.

Marguerite Oberg, now 91 years old, recently retired from the hospital flower shop after 40 years of volunteer service. She began volunteering at Saint Joseph’s in 1973, when the hospital was located in downtown Atlanta, and established its first flower shop. She has served as its volunteer director ever since.

“Because of her years of dedication and service to the hospital, naming the flower shop after Marguerite is a special way we can honor her work and her commitment to the hospital, its patients, and staff,” Marcia Schwefler, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary president, said in a press release.

For decades, Oberg drove to a wholesale flower shop in downtown Atlanta once a week to select the roses, lilies, carnations and other flowers to be arranged by the volunteers in the hospital’s gift shop. She was the subject of a “Making a Difference” article in Reporter Newspapers in 2011.

“I loved my work at the hospital flower shop for the 40 years I was there, and am touched the shop has been named after me,” Oberg said. “It takes a team of dedicated ladies to produce the amount of flower arrangements we did for all those years, and we made a great team.”

Marguerite Oberg in the flower shop named for her.
Marguerite Oberg in the flower shop named for her.