When most people think of retiring, they certainly don't think about "unretiring," but that's exactly what Bonnie Russell found herself doing.
"I was working at Fulton Presbyterian Manor part time and had been here almost two years. When the HR/office manager position came open, I was asked to fill in during the interim," said Bonnie. "Then Dawn, the executive director, asked me to consider taking the position full time. So I did!"
Bonnie's choice to return to full-time work after putting in 27 years working for the state of Missouri wasn't all that hard.
"I tried to find other pastimes or hobbies, but I guess all I'm good at is working," said Bonnie.
Fortunately, Bonnie really enjoys her new position.
"I enjoy working with people and employees. I'm trying to learn all about the employee benefits so I can answer questions when they have them. I like helping people feel happier in their positions, and helping them want to come to work," said Bonnie.
When she's not working, Bonnie enjoys spending time with her children, 10 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
"I like to travel, and I enjoy being with other people. I'm a people person. I do a lot of crafting and jewelry making as well."
Bonnie has extended her love of crafts to her granddaughters who range in age from 2 to 11.
"Every year, I host a tea party for the girls, and we dress up and decorate hats. We've made cards, or tags, that you hang on the wall. It's a lot of fun."
We're glad Bonnie chose to come out of retirement to spend her time working for Fulton Presbyterian Manor. What an honor!
"I enjoy working for Presbyterian Manor. There are a lot of good things and working with the residents is a real pleasure as well."