By the time most of us reach retirement age we can look back upon a long and tiring career, and look forward to years of well-earned rest.
Yet surely very few individuals are as deserved of a break as Melba Mebane, a 90-year-old from Texas who recently called time on her retail job at the department store where she’d worked for… wait for it… 74 years!
According to reports, Melba began her career at Dillard’s department store in Tyler, Texas, all the way back in 1949. She was just 17 at the time, and landed a job as an elevator girl.
Melba was eventually promoted to the cosmetics department, thereafter remaining committed to her place of work for more than seven decades.
Upon Melba eventually deciding to retire from her position, store manager James Saenz had nothing but praise, telling Fox News:
“Even [with] the changing times, from where she started to where we are now in the modern world, her values and everything still stand.”
As per reports, Melba was ever a positive figure in the workplace, showing up every day with a smile on her face and a keen worth ethic.