Thursday, July 23, 2009
Big crowd turns out for Minor’s reception
By SUE WATSON
Friends, family and associates of Mary Minor, retiring secretary for the Marshall County Extension Service, attended a reception in her honor June 30.
Many brought gifts and cards to a nice table spread before her at the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority office building.
About 150 came by to say goodbye, according to Extension Agent Janet Jolley, who said when most people think of Extension they think of Mary Minor.
Members of the Marshall County Forestry Association and the Marshall County Cattleman’s Association turned out in large numbers to show their gratitude for all the extra and unpaid work that Minor did for their associations over the years.
“She’s actually been a major part of the Forestry Association,” said forester Donald Pogue. “Part of her job really was not to do all our paperwork, but she did. She always helped with Field Days, did our agenda, typed the minutes and kept up with our financial report for our treasurers.
“We could hardly have done it without the Extension office. She was a major part of keeping us going. She did a lot of publicity for us along with Janet Jolley.”
There are about 193 active members of the association, he said.
Minor was secretary for Pogue at the Mississippi State Experiment Station for 15 years before moving to the Extension office.
“Any member of the board would tell you we probably couldn’t have done it without her,” Pogue said. “She’s been there since the beginning of the Forestry Association.”
The association gave Minor a lifetime membership, hoping that Minor will continue to come to board meetings and events, he said.
“Extension is not obligated to the association to do all they do for us,” he said.
Buck Hobbs with the Forestry Association agreed that Minor will be missed.
“With her retiring, we are going to lose an invaluable asset throughout the whole county,” he said. “She has been involved so much and so helpful in so many ways and she has the knowledge of the people that is so helpful.
“I’m glad to see her get this time for retirement, but we will certainly miss her.”
Steve Elgin, member of both the Cattleman’s and Forestry associations and area vice president of the Mississippi Cattleman’s Association, said he will personally miss Minor and the associations will also.
I can’t say enough about her,” he said. “Especially when I was president of the Cattleman’s Association, she did so much to get us going and off the ground. She handled a lot of stuff for me and the association.
“She is always a pleasure to be around. I’m happy for her, but I hate to see her leave. She helped cook for our quarterly meetings and helped take things out there. She’s a great friend to us and to me, too.
“All I had to do was just pick up the phone and she took care of a lot of the details for the association that probably wouldn’t have been done, otherwise. She’ll be very much missed.”
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