Wednesday was a day of celebration and sadness for employees of Purdue Extension. Longtime administrative secretary Beth Bedwell was celebrated with an open house honoring her retirement after over 26 years of service. Dozens of well-wishers filled the training room at the Daviess Security Center to reflect and honor Bedwell.
“I will miss the place,” said Bedwell. “And all the people.”
Bedwell, who retired Dec. 31, was a fixture in the Extension office.
“Beth knows everyone,” said Jane Ann Beard, head of 4-H Youth development. “She’s a super lady and a wealth of information. She will definitely be missed.”
Bedwell was the first face that many saw when they walked into the Extension Office. “Everyone knew Beth,” said Beard. “She helped with so many things in the office.”
“Beth’s dedication to Purdue Extension and her organizational skills made working with her very enjoyable,” said Cindy Barber, economic and community development associate with Purdue Extension. “I admire her devotion to her husband and family which makes wishing her well in her retirement so easy.”
Chris Clark, Family and Nutrition Program Assistant, was also recently honored for her service to Purdue Extension.
Clark has been working with families and individuals for 15 years. She received her award in December. “Chris works with low-income clients and helps them stretch their food dollars, eat healthier foods by cooking more and teaching basic nutrition principles,” said Jennifer Stefancik, of Purdue Extension.
She also works with many agencies and organizations in the county.
“Chris is a wonderful role model and provides a listening ear when needed, going above and beyond to help clientele and being a team player in the office,” Stefancik said.