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An 86-year-old woman is getting recognition for working the same job since the 60s

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An 86-year-old woman is getting recognition for working the same job since the 60s

Most people are retired at age 86, but one grandmother is showing no signs of slowing down at her job. Cora Powell has been working at Wilson-Davis, a brokerage firm in downtown Salt Lake, for nearly half a century. Powell was hired on Jan. 6, 1969. 

I love to work. Keeps me busy. And what else would I do.
Cora Powell

Now 48 years later, Powell still gets up bright and early and drives herself to work three days a week. She arrives at 7 a.m. sharp and works a full eight-hour day. Powell says her job is all about the people. But of course, the money is nice, too.

"They are very kind to me," Powell said. 

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She doesn't know what else she would do with her time. "I would sit around and watch television and eat more than I should," she laughed. "Number one, we have to make a living," she said. "And number two, these are great people to work for."

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Things at Wilson-Davis have definitely changed in the last 48 years. In 1969, everything in the office was done on paper. Now, everything is done electronically and Powell is keeping up with it. 

Until they carry me out, feet first.
Cora Powell

"It was tough at times, but I have a lot of good help around here. They were patient with me," she said. Time flies quickly; but Powell hopes to continue working for many more years to come -- as long as she's physically able.


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