Mar­guerite makes it 52 years

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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