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CO-OP LIVING


REC employee retires after 47 years of service N


Submitted by Rural Electric Cooperative


ita Hayden loved her job. But after ex- actly 47 years, she has decided to retire. Asked if she thinks she will miss getting


up and coming to work each day, she said “sure.” “I’ll miss the people I work with mostly,” she said. During her career she has seen co-workers, board members and managers come and go. She has made many friends through the years. Some were members of Rural Electric Cooperative (REC), others were her co-workers, and employees from other cooperatives that she met at conferences and workshops.


“I’ll miss seeing those people, too,” she said. Nita attended the Oklahoma School of Banking and worked for a CPA in Oklahoma City prior to joining REC. She started her career at REC on July 7, 1964, in an offi ce now being used as a warehouse. With the construction of a new administration building, she moved into a new offi ce and was “housed” in the south wing of the build- ing for the next 40 plus years. Her fi rst job was as cashier. She was promoted to head cashier


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and then into the billing department. From there she went into the accounting department and in 1988 was promoted to chief ac- countant, the position she held until she retired. In addition to her job, she enjoys being ac- tive in her community. She has been a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, served on the City Council of Lindsay - holding the offi ces of mayor and vice mayor. She was also a member of the Lindsay Hospital Auxiliary and the hospital


board and served as president. She was a member of Rotary International and is a past president of that club.


One of the things she is most proud of is her work with restoring and transforming the old Santa Fe railroad depot for the local youth to use as a meet- ing place. Known as Teen Town, the group sponsors activities for the youth in the area.


Her pride and joy is her son Darin, his wife Sheila and her two grandchildren and fi ve great-grandchildren. Nita is extremely proud of her son and daughter-in-law for mak- ing careers in the medical fi eld where they can help people. She enjoys spending time with her girl buddies playing Bunco—probably because they all bring good food to the game. What’s better than good friends and good food? OL


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