They say if you love what you do, then you never work a day in your life. Well, that’s certainly true for 91-year-old Bea Eisenhower.
After 28 years of service, she has just retired from her job as a bus attendant for the Elmira City School District. If it weren’t for a stroke, she would have kept going.
I thought..I can’t go to work anymore..so, it was hard…because it was so sudden, you know? It was hard to do it…not being with the kids, and seeing them everyday and knowing how they’re doing,” Eisenhower said.
Bea worked on a bus for handicapped children, which for her, made the job even more special.
“Well there were 2 little brothers..both were in a wheelchair…and they were so happy to see me. It felt good to be loved like that,” Eisenhower said.
Bea says she felt like a grandmother to the kids, even bringing them baked goods.
“They were always ready for my cookies..chocolate chip,” Eisenhower said.
Although Bea didn’t this job until she was in her 60s, she says this was her favorite job she’s ever had…and probably one of the most strenuous, as she had to complete a physical performance test every couple of years, which included a weight drag of 125 lbs.
Bea was honored by the school district with this certificate and she says she will proudly hang it in her home.
She didn’t get the chance to say goodbye to her students, and this is what she wanted to leave them with: “I want to tell all my kids that I miss them, and that I enjoyed being with them, and I hope they have good memories with me,” Eisenhower said.