Stacey & Mike's Happy News: She's Retiring After 70 Yrs At Dept. Store

Melba Mebane, 90, started working at Dillard’s department store in Tyler, Texas as an elevator operator in 1949. At that time, it wasn’t even called Dillard’s. She also worked in the men’s clothing department and eventually stayed in cosmetics.

But after more than seven decades, the 90-year-old decided to retire. Friends, family and coworkers gathered Saturday to celebrate her hard work and dedication.

The vice president of Dillard’s, Drue Dillard Matheny, was there. She has known Melba for 65 years.

Dillard’s awarded Melba Mebane with a certificate of excellence for being the longest-working employee there and she says she plans to rest, travel and eat some good food. She adds that she is grateful everyone she has met along the way.

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