Steamboat Springs "You were so good to us, but you were also so good to our clients," Carolyn Stamps told a teary-eyed Ruth Ann Mewborn at the longtime Routt County employee's retirement party Thursday.
Mewborn, who worked with the Routt County court system for 21 years before spending the past 12 years with Routt County Human Services, called it quits Wednesday. She plans to stay in Routt County and spend her newfound free time quilting, traveling and playing with her grandchildren, who are 5 and 7 years old.
"I'm sure I'll miss all the clients that come in," Mewborn said. She liked working with Human Services' senior clients the best, because "they're the people that are the most appreciative."
Human Services provides assistance to Routt County families and residents in attaining health care, child care, medical care, food and other services.
Sherry Camilletti, who works with child support at Human Services, said she worked with Mewborn for about five months when she first started with the agency. After that, Mewborn worked with adult services before moving to the reception desk. Camilletti and Tina Look, a bookkeeper for Human Services, join Mewborn as the agency's longest running current employees.
"She can have a really short fuse because she's a redhead, but I'll tell you what, we're going to really miss her. She knows about everything that goes on here," Camilletti said of her co-worker.
At a going-away party that drew employees from around the office and featured video compilations of everyone Mewborn has known through her time there, Human Services workers shared memories of the woman who has greeted clients at the door for the past three years.
To lighten the mood, Human Services office manager Kevin Haynes put together a video set to David Allan Coe's "Take This Job and Shove It," playing on the daily trials that Mewborn might - but probably won't - miss. It works well with Look's description of Mewborn's disposition in the office: "I would just say fun."
"You can always play pranks on her. And we played plenty on her," Look said.
Camilletti, Look and Mewborn plan to continue their tradition of going out to lunch once a week.