Holding a job for five years could be considered a long time. When it comes to Millie Feasel, she’s worked at Zettler Hardware on U. S. 62 near Central Point for more than 60 years.
During that time period, she outlasted eight recessions. She has seen a lot during her tenure. From the United States landing on the moon, to scanning barcodes as a way to enter a price into her cash register.
Her colleagues and customers celebrated her accomplishment on Tuesday. No, the acknowledgment was not for her loyalty to the company, instead, for her birthday.
Dennis McKibben has worked with Millie for two decades, “Just keep working day by day,” he said to her.
Millie responded by saying, “The years keep adding up.”
“And the next thing you know you’re 100,” McKibben said laughingly.
Millie still drives herself to work and is there more than 20 hours a week. Her goal is to help customers and see them on their way. On her birthday, the customers came to wish her well and celebrate turning 100-years-old.
Asked her what her secret is to living so long, Millie turned, looked around and point blank said in a curious voice, “No secret that I know of,” and she started laughing.
Customers and coworkers decorated the store with balloons with the numerical 100, cake, and a shiny card to sign. She took those items with her after working a half day.
“She thinks she gets to 100-years-old and she can take the afternoon off,” one customer said jokingly.
“What the heck?”
When you stop into the store, make sure you speak clearly and raise your voice an octave or two, or she may not answer your questions.
“If she can’t hear you she’ll just look at you laugh and smile,” laughingly said coworker Michelle Thibner.
“She just looks at you until you move on or finishes what you were saying,” McKibben said with a smile.
Looking back on the day, Millie appreciated everyone who came by to with her well, “It’s something you’re not used to.”