50 years of service recognized
Carolyn Bridges reached a milestone in her career few people will experience. She celebrated her 50th anniversary at Liberty Bank. She was honored with a reception on Friday afternoon.
Bridges has no plans to retire.
"As long as the Lord gives me good health I will be here at Liberty Bank serving my customers," she said. "The years have passed fast."
It was a full house of well wishers throughout the afternoon. Some had been her customers for 47 years.
Bridges graduated from high school in 1960 and went to work at Monette Bank (now Liberty Bank) on March 21, 1961. The bank was then located in the historic Buffalo Island Museum building.
There were five employees and no computers. Bridges remembers well her first days at the bank with Verlene Fullen, Shirley Bronaugh, Bernice Thompkins and Claud Finch.
"When I first started I thought if we could get $25 million in deposits it would be so great," she said.
They did reach that goal and she is glad to still be at the bank and see the deposits go many, many times over the $25 million.
She started out on the proof machine.
Her co-workers and many of her former co-workers were on hand to share stories and congratulate her. Juanita Kerr has been with the bank for 38 years followed by Nancy Atkisson with 20 years, Jennifer Gathright and Dickie Pace with 19 years each.
Pace, community bank president, presented her with a gift from Liberty and a gift of pearls from her co-workers.
Her mother, Innis Bridges and daughter, Natalie Burrow, her brother Donnie Bridges as well as family members, Barbara and Terry Carr, Jane Border and Brooke Dunigan, joined her at the reception. She was also surprised to have four of her 1960 classmates stop by.
"I have made many friends over the past 50 years," Bridges said. "I've tried to be nice to everyone."
Bridges expressed her appreciation to everyone for a wonderful reception.