Museum bids a grateful farewell to Store Manager of 30+ years

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The Ellsworth Heritage Foundation Inc. bids a fond farewell to our Store Manager. She has served for over 30 years while living here in the Black Hills, and we wish her success in whatever she does next. Thank you for flying with us, you have been one of our best wingmen, and we've counted on you for many years. Thank you for your service!
In the early days of the South Dakota Air & Space Museum, the exhibits and collection were housed in the now old Wing Commander's building. It was in those days that our store manager first began working with the Ellsworth Heritage Foundation Inc.

She hadn't been in the Black Hills for long when she began to work at the SD Air and Space Museum. This was back in the 1980's when the museum was very small and located on Ellsworth AFB. When the museum moved to its present location in 1988-1989 , she moved too and has since worked many different roles including gift shop, office, Foundation business, membership, and general stewardship. Her grand scope of accomplishments is a shining testimony to her, and she will be missed from the daily activites of both the South Dakota Air & Space Museum and the Ellsworth Heritage Foundation Inc.
For the time being, we hope she will take some time to enjoy life and maybe look around the Black Hills, and she has our best wishes for a happy retirement.
Her retirement ceremony was held in the Aviation & Technology gallery, and many tributes, honors, and even jokes were made on & about her career here in the Black Hills and her contributions to the museum. The evening was catered by the Dakota's Club from Ellsworth, and a piano was provided by Batchelder's Plummer Piano and Organ from Rapid City. Our thanks go to all of the family, friends, employees, volunteers and members who were able to make it to the event and help make it an evening to remember. Our gratitude goes to all volunteers and members who donated their time and energy to work that night, and helping to ensure that everything went smoothly. Thank you to all who helped set up, clean up, and tear down!
Once again, congratulations on your retirement from the South Dakota Air & Space Museum!

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