Friends and family gathered Monday, March 25, at the Adams/Vine Library in Leachville to offer well wishes to retiring librarian Ruth Johnson.
Johnson said the last 12 years have passed fast and she enjoyed the time she served as librarian.
When Mrs. Johnson retired from teaching elementary school at Leachville she had no plans to begin another career. When Mississippi County Librarian Jay Ziolko asked if she might be interested in the three-day-a week job at the Leachville Library, it appealed to her.
She said she is glad that she made the decision to take the position because she has enjoyed working at the library.
Many changes, including a move into the new Mississippi County Community College building in Leachville, have evolved over the past dozen years. New computers were added to the library with Internet services.
A large crowd gathered at the library to join in the retirement celebration. Mrs. Johnson's children, Sherry Masner of Jonesboro, Sandra Kennett of Leachville, and John A. Johnson of Sikeston, Mo., were present, along with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She has six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Johnson said her retirement plans may include "a little" gardening but other than that, with a smile, she said "to do nothing."
Ziolko presented Mrs. Johnson with a plaque in appreciation of her dedicated years of service.
"It was a sad day about six weeks ago when Miss Ruth called and told me she thought she was getting ready to retire. I asked her to give it a couple weeks before she made her final decision. We will miss her. It is not many people that would go back to work the next week after hip replacement surgery. She has been very good to work with and a hard worker," he said.
Mrs. Johnson was recently honored with a retirement dinner hosted by Mississippi County librarians and staff members. She was presented with a diamond necklace as a retirement gift.