HR Strange But True!
July 12, 2002
We all know that HR is never boring. But sometimes it can get downright strange...

One tough lady

Mildred Parsons never called in sick - not once during her 62 years, 9 months and 2 days as a secretary for the FBI in Washignton, D.C..

Parsons, 88, retired recently as the longest-serving employee in FBI history. The Washington Post reports that her final day on the job included a visit to the office of the director, Robert S. Mueller III, and a party, during which former and current co-workers showered her with hugs and unbridled adulation.

"No, I'm not going to cry," she told well-wishers. "It is sad, but at the same time, it's nice. Everyone has to retire sometime. It's time for me to leave."

Parsons, known as Millie, told the Post that she had a headache or two and a cold during her nearly 63 years on the job, but no ailment serious enough to make her stay home. "I may have sneezed or something, or had a little bit of a cold," she said. "If I had a headache, I just went in there. If I was around people, I would forget."

Parsons doesn't take vitamins or use secret herbs. "I eat whatever I want," she said. "I eat a lot of TV dinners, whatever sounds good or looks good at the time." She's also gotten some exercise, in the form of ballroom dancing and the six-block walk to and from her bus stop each workday. But she credited her good health to the joy of "being around people."

Source: The Washington Post

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