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Pascagoula woman still working full time at 90

Mary Farrington honored by her co-workers on her 90th birthday. But she is clear it's not a going away party. Not yet, anyway. (Photo source: WLOX) Mary Farrington honored by her co-workers on her 90th birthday. But she is clear it's not a going away party. Not yet, anyway. (Photo source: WLOX)
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

Ninety years old and still working full time, Mary Farrington was got a birthday treat from the staff at the Jackson County Circuit Clerk’s office.

But, she wants to be clear - it was no going-away party. Why does she keep working?

“For the love it, I guess,” Farrington said. “I’m crazy.”

Farrington says she’ll retire, “When I get old, or when I win the lottery. And I don’t even bet on the lottery.”

The day was all about cake, punch, and plenty of love to hold on to. She started the job when she was 65 years old, when most people are ready to call it quits. Before she began her most recent job, she spent 40-plus years as a bookkeeper for Sears.

Believe it or not, Farrington still hasn’t gotten all of her years for full retirement with the state. In three years, she’ll be at the circuit clerk’s office for 25 years.

“So, I just keep on working,” Farrington said. “Pester everybody.”

But, that’s far from what she’s done for her co-workers.

“She's definitely a trooper,” said Sarah Porter. “I think she had a hip replacement a few years ago. Eight weeks later, she wanted to come back. The doctors had to tell her not to come back. She’s definitely dedicated.”

Farrington's main job is processing forfeiture money, but she says her main love is people.

“I don’t think I’ll ever retire,” said Randy Carney, Jackson County Circuit Clerk. “I love working. I hope I have the health that Miss Mary has so I can continue to work. I don’t know if I want to work until I'm 90 years old, but I hope I have that desire she has.”

Farrington was pleased with the attention.

“I think it’s wonderful. It’s a lot of love here,” she said. “I didn’t know they loved me this much. I thought they just wanted to see another antique. I don’t feel 90, I don’t know how you're supposed to feel at 90. But I’m not no sweet 16, that’s for sure.”

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