Betty Goldbeck, the glue that has held together the Province Center administrative functions for 18 years, has retired. Her final day in the office was July 11. We sent Betty off into her new phase of life with fanfare and food to beat the band two days earlier, on July 9. The food! Sisters Mercy de Leon and Anna Tram Nguyen made delicious English tea-style sandwiches that were beautiful and plentiful.
Sisters Mercy and Tram planned Betty’s retirement party, and it was a party to remember. The retiree received cards aplenty, so many that a forklift was nearly needed to carry them to her car. Betty said she would need a box of tissues by her side before she began reading the cards. She also received a gorgeous bouquet of flowers, gifts from individuals, and from the Sisters – a prized convent painting of Joseph in his carpentry shop with the toddler Jesus alongside, helping him.
Expressing feelings for Betty
Everyone at the party took a few moments to reflect on their relationship to the long-term employee, and to share one word that summarized their feelings about her. Words expressed included gracious, loving, dedicated, friend, persevering, joyful, helpful, rescuer, grandmother, among many others.
Sisters at the party spoke about Betty’s dedication to the Mission and her loyalty as a friend. They shared stories about Betty that made people laugh and cry just a little. Ultimately, all spoke tenderly about how much they love Betty and how very much they will miss her for a long time to come.
“It means so much to me to be thought of in this way by so many people,” Betty said.
Betty said she is looking forward to a retired lifestyle, when she can spend more time with her grandchildren, participate in Silver Sneakers classes at the gym more frequently, and read books at a leisurely pace. In general, she is eager to have time to simply follow her bliss. You can also read the story in the current issue of Items of Interest.