By Tammy Moore Teague
A few months ago Sebastian Retired Citizen’s Association Site Director, Georgina Edwards, announced her retirement. On Friday, a multitude of community members, family, friends and city leaders gathered to honor her.
After she began having issues with her health, Edwards made the difficult decision to retire from the position she had held for the past 32 years. Her career began as a cook in 1985. It didn’t take long, however, for Edwards to be promoted into the director’s position.
Edwards served most of her career working with Mansfield’s former Mayor, Glen Hurt. He and his wife, Jan, were both in attendance, honoring Edwards for her years of selfless service to our seniors. Other city leaders attending the celebration were Mansfield’s Police Chief Boyd Farmer, Mayor Mike Gipson and City Recorder/Treasurer Becky Walker.
Additionally, numerous area site directors turned out to be a part Edward’s big day. Those included, Fred Brochert- Barling, Cindy Meadows-Beckman, Marsha Stroud-Baker, April Doily Miesner-Lavaca, Sondra Carter-Secretary SRCA/Cavanaugh, Deanna Rice-Executive Director and Lisa Moore-Greenwood.
Lastly, having her family there made the day complete. Family members included Edward’s brother, JR Tucker and wife Shelia, her sisters, Wilma Chick and Debbie Tucker, her daughters, Lisa Moore and Regina Oliver, brother-in-law, Pete Morris, grandson, David Moore and wife Brittany. Edwards’ mother, Grace Tucker, was unable to attend the event, due to being hospitalized. Sister-in-law, Dorothy Morris, attended Tucker and was also unable to attend.
A host of friends and patrons of the center joined Edward’s family, peers and community leaders in a monumental outpouring of love.
“Today the Mansfield Senior Center honored a great lady,” said Donna Elmore, longtime friend and employee of the SRCA. “Georgina Edwards has worked for SRCA for 32 years, but due to health reasons she retired this year. She has been such a wonderful friend, boss, and leader in the community. She has the biggest heart! We are very sad that she will no longer be our boss, but she will now get to come and just enjoy being one of our regulars. We love and miss you Georgina.”
One banner on display summed it up: “You can’t retire from being great.” With big shoes to fill, Candice Graham will begin her work at the Mansfield SRCA within the next few months.
Pictured from left: Fred Brochert, Cindy Meadows, Marsha Stroud, Lisa Moore, Sondra Carter, Deanna Rice and April Doily Miesner.