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Blanchard retires after 40 years of service

Mary Lena Blanchard was honored with a retirement reception at the M. L. Arrington Fitness and Rehab Center on May 24.

The theme of her party was, “The Legend has Retired.”

Blanchard began working in the dietary department at the Jefferson Davis County Hospital in May 1978.

She served the patients, administrators and community for 40 years, concluding her service with the Jefferson Davis Community Hospital/Valley Foods, Inc., at the end of May.

She was surrounded by family, friends and co-workers who wished her well as she beings a new chapter in her life.

Current hospital administrator Jimmy Graves spoke at the reception, along with several former administrators. “We should all learn the work ethics that this lady possesses,” said Graves.

“She is truly one of a kind and will really be missed at Jefferson Davis Community Hospital.”