Retiree Recalls Fulfillment in Student Service

  Mary Lou Williamson, at her informal retirement luncheon on Friday, shows off the cake baked and decorated by co-worker Loretta Armistead.—Laura Nelson photo


By Laura Nelson

“Students would come in my office with that ‘deer in the headlights’ look and it wasn’t just my job, but my pleasure, to help them,” said Mary Lou Williamson reflecting on her 13 years of service at Sul Ross-Rio Grande College in Uvalde.

Lulu, as she prefers to be called, explained that she considered customer service her most important responsibility as faculty secretary. She helped students complete paperwork, answered their questions, and kept them on track to finish their degrees. She also kept the academic departments running smoothly as she ordered textbooks, kept track of syllabi and curriculum vitae for faculty, made purchasing arrangements, and worked on special projects. She retired Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

Just because she no longer works full time does not mean she is done helping. Lulu will bless the Uvalde community with her cheerfulness and outgoing personality as she explores volunteer opportunities plus she will continue to be active in the First United Methodist Church choir. She also plans to enjoy her grandchildren, gardening, needlework, and spending more time cooking. Husband Jim will continue to teach at Southwest Texas Junior College and also serve occasionally as adjunct faculty at RGC.

RGC faculty and staff celebrated Lulu’s milestone and sent her off with a covered dish luncheon on her last day of work.