Marguerite makes it 52 years
After 52 years of helping customers, Marguerite Pennell is parking up the trolley and calling it a day.
Mrs Pennell started work in 1960 at what was then the Tokoroa Four Square on Bridge St. She saw the changeover to New World in the early 60s when it was bought by the late Bill Gray and his wife Joyce.
The Joyces’ son Ivan eventually picked up the reins before selling the business a few years ago to Damon and Sarah Jakeman.
At a farewell last Friday, Joyce and Ivan Gray joined the Jakemans and the staff for a farewell morning tea for Mrs Pennell.
Mrs Gray described Mar- guerite as a ‘‘real asset to the company’’ and her cheerfulness and flamboyant earrings would be sadly missed.
‘‘Thank you Marguerite for the love you have given our family. Our sons grew up with you, and our grandchildren. I wish you the best for the future,’’ Mrs Gray said.
Mr Gray took over from his mother in bidding farewell to Mrs Pennell, whom he has known since he was 5.
‘‘ I remember growing up and once a month we would measure our height, and there was a lot of cheering when we grew taller than Marguerite,’’ he said.
Foodstuffs managers joined the celebration and presented Marguerite with a certificate recognising her as the company’s longest- serving employee.
Mrs Pennell is moving to Hamilton to be closer to her family.
MOVING ON: Marguerite Pennell works her final shift at Tokoroa New World after 52 years on the job. With her are, from left, Ivan Gray, Sarah and Damon Jakeman and Joyce Gray.