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Forsee finishes 3 decades at Heritage Hall

Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Fondest memories were of the residents

It started with Christmas.

That, 31 years ago, is when a stay-at-home mother, Centralia’s Betty Forsee, decided she wanted some Christmas money.

There was an opening at Centralia’s Heritage Hall, part time, in the laundry room, and Forsee took the position.

She stayed for a year, then quit, she said, to go back to home-making.

Heritage Hall’s Betty Forsee at her retirement party

Heritage Hall’s Betty Forsee at her retirement party

That lasted two days.

“This position came open,” she said, regarding her current and soon to be former position as Heritage Hall business manager. “Our administrator then, Jerry Hinten offered it to me and I took it.”

That was 30 years ago, and Friday, April 12, Forsee retired from Heritage Hall after 30 years as its business manager.

In a way, Forsee is the last of a breed. There was no college diploma or accounting degree on her office wall.

Forsee grew up in a farm in north Missouri and graduated from LaPlata High School said she learned what she needed to get started in the office.

“Yes, I learned it all there,” she said.

For the complete article see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.