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Woman, 88, Still Working For Oklahoma Agency

OKLAHOMA CITY, (UPI) — Melba Morrow says she plans to spend her 88th birthday the way she spends many of her days, answering phones for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Morrow, who is a year older than the agency, said she has been working as a receptionist for the bureau for about 13 years and will spend her 88th birthday Wednesday answering the facility’s phones, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, reported Monday.

Morrow said she took a job at Sears when she was in her 40s and temporarily retired when the store closed down.

“I retired for about six weeks after Sears closed down, and I thought, I can’t do this,” Morrow said.

She said the retail experience prepared her for a position answering phones.

“If you’ve worked customer service at Sears, you can deal with just about anything,” she said.

Sherry Mosley, administrative programs officer for the bureau and Morrow’s supervisor, said the senior citizen is a dependable worker.

“I’m just amazed that she’s still able to, she gets around better than some of us do,” Mosley said.

Morrow said she does not have any plans to retire.

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