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81-year-old Freeport woman is CVS’ longest serving employee

“I like working with individuals, serving to individuals. I just like the individuals I work with,” Mary Jo Nolen mentioned after 62 years as a pharmacy technician.

There are greater than 9,000 CVS shops within the U.S. But just one has Mary Jo Nolen. The 81-year-old Freeport woman has been with CVS longer than another employee nationwide.

Mary Jo has labored as a pharmacy technician within the small city south of Houston for 62 years.

She’s labored at three completely different places in Freeport as pharmacy possession modified through the years. Mary Jo has been the one fixed for a lot of clients.

“Sometimes, you’re the only person they see all day. Especially the elderly people,” Nolen mentioned. “I like working with people, helping people. I like the people I work with.”

She’s taught her coworkers – together with her supervisor – loads through the years.

“Make positive you come to work on time – a minimum of 10 minutes earlier than time – not proper on time. Take your nutritional vitamins, train and all the time be good and optimistic. 

“Being optimistic is the perfect factor you are able to do to stay a protracted life like her,” mentioned Rosemary Kavishe, one other CVS pharmacy employee.

It’s not all the time simple, she admits.

“Well, if you have a bad customer or something, I say, ‘That’s it, this is my last day.’ But the Good Lord says get up and go again.”

Now working part-time, Mary Jo retains herself very busy exterior of labor too. She has no fast plans to retire.

“Everybody says you know when. I guess it really hasn’t come down to that just yet, I don’t know,” she mentioned.

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