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86-year-old retires from Valley Area Agency on Aging

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(12/17/13) - A Mid-Michigan woman is celebrating a major milestone - retirement.

Norma Buzzard's latest career just got started while her peers were winding down.

"I'm a morning person, so I love getting up early in the morning and getting out here," she said.

At 86-years-old, Buzzard is wrapping up her tenure as a receptionist at the Valley Area Agency on Aging in Flint. It's a career that didn't just pay the bills - it enriched her life.

"It's not about profit or the bottom line, it's about how many services you can give to how many people you can help and that's the main thing why I was so happy with this job," she said.

Buzzard will be missed at the agency, an organization that helps guide the elderly.

Ironically, Buzzard came here looking for guidance when she was in her 60s.

"They had an older worker program and I came here to see if they could help me find a job and they hired me and its been wonderful," she said.

"She has the most time in at VAA than anyone and I fell in love with her from the very beginning. She's very sincere and hard working and dedicated and loyal and who could ask for any more?" said Kathy Boles, of Valley Area Agency on Aging.

She provides a good example for those she serves.

"She's really a role model for the staff here on coming to work early and coming through in snow, rain and sleet. She's better than the post office. She's here all the time. She doesn't even take the elevator, she takes the stairs every morning," Boles said.

Now she is ready to slow down a little, while spending more time "in the fast lane" with some younger companions.

"It's time. I have family that I need to be able to go and see when we can coordinate because it was a little difficult to coordinate my time off with my daughter's time off and so then I have great grandchildren also," she said.

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