Brenda Watson Day at Manila City Hall

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Pictured are, from left: Stacey and Jeff Watson (son and daughter-law), Brenda Watson, and Patty Christie Parrish (sister), at Brenda's retirement reception on Wednesday.

Wednesday, Oct. 19, was Brenda Watson Day at Manila City Hall as family and friends gathered to offer retirement wishes.

Watson has worked at Manila City Hall for 40 years holding different positions but always there to do her job or help where needed.

She served as court clerk for years, helped in the water office, worked in the revenue office, and for the last several years took care of cleaning city hall and the airport terminal building among other duties.

Watson said the last 40 years passed fast.

"Through the years my co-workers became among my best friends," she said.

Co-workers and family gathered for a luncheon where she was presented a certificate of appreciation.

Co-worker Susie Parker said she had never worked without Brenda being right there at city hall with her. She expressed her appreciation to Brenda and read a poem:

A Retirement Blessing

You started on this journey, so many years ago, and now it's time to leave behind dear friends you've come to know!

You sought Divine directions and a heart to do His will. Your work became your passion, as you used your gifts and skills.

You set the highest standards for yourself and others too, showing honor, pride and dignity-they saw the best in you!

A "rags to riches" story need not be your bottom line. The priceless things we gain in life, often come from the Divine.

So don't waste one more minute "wishing" for things that might have been, rather watch the seeds you've planted grow, and feel His peace within,

I pray God keeps you safe and well, wherever you may turn, surrounded by your loved-ones, living out the dreams you've earned.

And in the quiet of your heart may you hear God softly say...

"My good and faithful servant, "I'm so proud of you this day!"

Following the luncheon, a reception from 2-4 p.m. was held at city hall in honor of Watson's dedicated service.

Watson is not just retiring from work, she will be leaving Manila and moving to Steelville, Mo., to be near her son and family.

Her son and wife, Jeff and Stacey Watson, surprised her by being in Manila for the day. Also attending the reception was her sister, Patty Christie Parrish, from Gipson, Mo., and a friend from Gipson, Mary Sherrell.

Patty is excited to have her sister moving closer to her and is making plans for them to enjoy retirement together.

A former co-worker, Barbara Pierce, said they worked together for 27 years and never had an argument.

"We did our work and became good friends," she said.

Watson said she will miss everyone but plans to come back and visit. She is looking forward to a new adventure in her life.

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