Penick Village Honors Stephens for Years of Service
Helen Stephens retired Friday, Aug. 22, as a residential housekeeper at Penick Village in Southern Pines.
She worked for 30 years assisting the household needs of the residents. A retirement party in her honor was hosted by the staff in the South Lounge, with many residents and board members in attendance.
Stephens is from Aberdeen and is the mother of four children: Edna Stephens, Cynthia Stringfield, Sylvia Grooms, and Darryl Stephens.
"Helen is a caring, compassionate, and loving lady, and her work is a true ministry to the residents," co-worker Linda Johnson said. "She is passionate about God, church and her family, making her job here at Penick Village a natural fit."
Heartfelt words were shared by several residents who became very fond of Stephens throughout the years.
"As a housekeeper, you are the foundation of the house, and that is what Helen means to me," current resident Flo Viverette said.
When Stephens was asked what she plans to do in retirement, she said: "First, take a little time to rest. Then go to the beach with my family. What I am most looking forward to doing is local mission work and continuing to serve God."
Penick Village is the Episcopal Retirement Community of the Diocese of North Carolina.
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