It was a small idea that turned into something bigger.
Following the death of her husband of 34 years, Marana resident Beverly Hall decided to start a car care clinic for women and widows.
The then-70 year old was prompted to do so after getting a flat tire and realizing she had no idea how to put air in it. After all, her husband had always been responsible for car maintenance.
She managed to get by that day, but she feared what the days ahead might bring. She wanted to become educated in the basics of auto care, and she wanted to help other women do the same.
She teamed up with Rick Furrier, son of Jack Furrier, and they began teaching a handful of participants automotive maintenance as well as how not to be taken advantage of at repair shops.
Around 10 women usually showed up in the initial clinics, but as word continues to travel, that number has since multiplied.
The last clinic attracted close to 75 women, and had to be broken up into three separate meetings to accommodate.
Hall estimates about half of those participants were widows, and the other half single women.
“It’s hard to put into words what I felt when I would have widows come up with tears in their eyes and say, ‘You don’t know how much this has helped me,’” said Hall. “It was such a tremendous response.”
In the last clinic, Furrier reviewed how to properly handle a tire blowout.
“It’s very educational,” said Hall. “I especially appreciate that Rick does all this at his own expense. He’s always been so generous with his time and supplies.”
Furrier, who had run a similar program in the past, knew the demand was there and was happy to answer Hall’s request for help. Hall now helps lead the educational seminars.
“It was great to see that type of turnout,” he said. “I was obviously pretty happy about the turnout, especially since most of these clinics have been low-key things that we haven’t promoted.”
The increasing participation has served as a form of therapy for Hall, who recently mourned during her husband’s three-year death anniversary.
“I’ve always found that helping someone is beneficial,” she said. “Nothing is going to bring him back. If you open up your eyes to see what’s around you, you’ll realized how blessed you are.”
The next car care clinic will be held on Sept. 24 at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Oro Valley from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
The clinics are free of charge, but reservations should be made in advance by calling 748-1700 ext. 100.