Devoted State Employee Longest Serving in Pennsylvania

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Government employees are sometimes stereotyped as not hard working, but not Betty Beard.

For 56 years, she has worked as a devoted government assistant in Harrisburg, Penn., and is the longest-serving state worker on the books.

Every morning since 1954, Beard's husband has faithfully dropped her off and escorted her to her office.

She's insisted on working, even though she could make more from retirement and social security checks.

"People I know... they say, 'What are you still doing here? Why are you still working?' And I say, 'Because I like it,'" Beard explained.

Betty is the greatest assistant a guy could have," said Patrick Stapleton, Beard's supervisor. "She knows everybody in the building. She knows everybody in the industry."

"It's bittersweet and I just think that anybody that starts should start with the right attitude. That's my opinion," Beard said about her job. "Enjoy it. Enjoy it as much as you can."

Beard will finally retire this year to spend more time with her ailing husband. She said despite her devotion to work, she's more devoted to him.

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