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Happy Retirement Barb

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BC: The End

FC: We love you... | Barbara Collins Retired June 1, 2010

1: As I ponder weak and weary Outages worked and vision bleary Many days have passed regretted My only memory is what I have fretted Once was lost but now is found Keys, phones and rings so round Stopped up toilets and leaky faucets as proof New job is facilities, Mike meet me on the roof Breakfast, Lunch, Dinners and Snacks Birds, Flies, Ants and Snakes Good repast Uninvited pests Alas I leave my monthly chores Along I take my chocolate hoard To gnaw and lick and chew in bliss Remiss upon my Hershey kiss As I depart, my car in sight A squawk I hear to my right I won’t be back to darkened door Quote the Raven nevermore. We love you and will miss you! I have appreciated your sense of humor and we will remember you always in fondness. Good luck, party lady! Hope you liked my poem. Robin Hale

2: Barbara, For once in my life, I am at a loss for words I love you just like family (well, better than some of my family, actually)!! I’m so thankful to have known you and been able to look up to you. You are the strongest little woman I know and you R – O – C – K !! I’ve grown up in front of you and your positive, loving influence has shaped the woman I’ve turned into. Thank you for always being there for me...even when I didn’t know it. Thank you for prayers...I’ve needed them so and most of all, thank you for being such a wonderful friend. I love you and will never forget you. Keep in touch! Angie Wright 547 Clayton Ave Hurricane WV 25562 (304) 562-7172 amwright@aep.com

3: I recall the day I met you, Barbara. You were upstairs in Huntington, and made me feel so welcome. You even knew a couple of people in Pineville, my little home town! That warm welcome created a special place in my heart for you that I carry to this day. I appreciated your generous and genuine smile and friendliness. After that, we didn't have a lot of direct contact until you joined Jerry here in Hurricane. I was so pleased to have you join our team. We've needed your sometimes aggressive management style as we grew and developed. You've kept us from letting things fall through the cracks more times that I can begin to count, and sometimes kept me from jumping into the nearest crack in an effort to escape the madness that can feel so overwhelming in this new world we're working in. Aside from marshalling us into shape, you've supported other important aspects of my life. How many others understand that you're not supposed to wear linen or seersucker in the winter (at least in the East), or that you only wear white shoes between Memorial Day and Labor Day? (I know, I know . . . rules are changing. But some people don't even realize there ARE rules!!!) You set a beautiful example of ageless style, showing us how to move gracefully from season to season. How am I supposed to keep up with current fashions if you're not here to lead the way?! Oh, wait! I just had a brainstorm!!! We can have you come back and do a fashion show for us once or twice a year! What do you think?!? You can be our What Not To Wear business professional guru! And while you're here, you can sort out the Big Chair Committee! You're an ideal outsource candidate for that! Well, maybe we can't entice you back to keep us on track, but I hope you'll leave here remembering that you've influenced a lot of people for the better, and made a significant difference in our lives. You're a true lady - a class act. I'll miss you dreadfully, and wish you the happiest of futures. Kathy Cook

4: Dear Barbara You have always been a good friend and such a wonderful person to around. I have always enjoyed our little talks about my children, family and what ever else comes up that day. You are a very good listener! You have a special place in my heart when thinking about the struggle of paperwork we went through to get my son Garrett. You were instrumental in helping my wife and I to work through that red tape mess and I appreciate you for helping. FOREVER.... You have always been great at working so now see what you can do while not working. I am sure you will find a way to make it your own and learn to love it. Good Luck and God Bless Jason Krantz

5: I will miss Barbara greatly. She and I both like the word "structure". I have always respected her both as a person and professional. One of my favorite stories told about Barbara was the time she tried to eat some stale chocolate. It was told that it was hard and she was about to break her teeth to eat it. After hearing that story I knew that if I ever made a mistake as her immediate Supervisor, I could reconcile it by giving her chocolate. Barbara and I go way back to the days when the Huntington Division was thriving. I have many good memories and wish Barbara the best in her retirement. She deserves anything good. Thanks Barbara for all your service to AEP. May God bless you in your retirement. Roger O'dell

6: Well Barb, I've spent 1/3 of my life with you. So I can say I'll never be the same again. Seriously, it has been great working with you over the past 12 years. You will most definitely be missed. I hope you have a very happy retirement. Best wishes, Shannon Stephens

7: Barb, I am unable to put into words how much I have enjoyed every minute of working with you and will treasure our friendship. You will always hold a special place in my heart and mind. However, this winter when I have to get Robert to take me to your house for a sleepover, you better have plenty of electricity and real food (none of this generic stuff – and I don’t want to hear you say “I’m on a fixed income”. I will miss you terribly and will miss seeing your perfect makeup face but I truly wish you a long and happy retirement. TC.

8: Barb, I wish you all the best in your retirement! You definitely deserve it. Remember me when you go purse shopping. Nobody else understands that like I do. Jo Ann Renzi Barb: Congratulations! I am so excited for you. I wish you the best in your retirement. I appreciate all the support you have given me throughout the years. I have very much enjoyed working with you and being a co-worker with the Little General. We have shared many business adventures and learned lots! Please know that your friendship is of the utmost importance to me; you can call on me any time and I’ll be there. Live, love, and laugh often – because I know you can! Happy days have come – enjoy them, you definitely deserve it! Judy Combs

9: Barbara, I cannot imagine being here at the Hurricane Call Center without you! I hope you have a wonderful retirement. I know you will keep busy and have so much fun. Don’t forget us! Becky McAlister Barb, I’m so excited for you. You are one of the most organized people I know, but you’re going to have to let all that go and just relax after you retire. Don’t plan anything, just live your life and enjoy it to the fullest. It’s been a pleasure working with you over the years. Enjoy yourself, and don’t forget us here in Hurricane. Regina Cardwell

10: Barb, I’m going to miss having you around. I hope you enjoy good health and a long, happy retirement. I have enjoyed our conversations related to the following topics: Cell phones – It was fun sending you all of the different ring tones that I had. If you have a favorite song that you would like as a ring tone, just let me know. I may be able to create it for you. United Way Campaign – No matter how many years I contribute, I’m not sure I’ll ever get my contribution form correct without your help. Soccer – I appreciate all the times you notarized medical releases for my players. The Charleston Relay for Life – I appreciate your participation in the event when my father-in-law was still able to participate in the event. Fruits and vegetables – Hopefully, when you retire, you will be able to consume at least five fruits and/or vegetables per day – yes, orange juice counts; no, chocolate does not count. Chuck Gary

11: All of the great things you will have time for when you retire.you can expanded your garden to 2 tomato plants, you can make sure everyone knows what you are doing every minute of the day on Facebook, you will have time to convince your health coach that lasagna is a vegetable, and after you return from your cruise you will need some time to post all of that extra water on Ebay. We will expect to see you up here every Tuesday at Sheetz for double coupon day. Enjoy your retirement you deserve it! Jeff Conley Barbara, I wish you a very happy and enjoyable retirement. It has been a pleasure working with you and I appreciate all your help over the years. Jim

12: Barbara, I would like to take this time to wish you luck on your retirement. The Call Center will not be the same without you. I admire you so much. You are a person who can get things done. I must say you are one classy lady. You are warm and caring. I’ll always remember how eager you wanted to help me during my loss in the flood. I will forever remember your beautiful smile. Closing the page on this chapter of your life brings in a new and exciting chapter that I know you will tackle with the same energy and enthusiasm that you are known for. I imagine one day reading the paper and seeing an advertisement announcing your own Consulting Business. Again, good luck and best wishes. Janet Poole

13: Barb: I wish the very best in your Retirement, you have been a life saver not only on a professional level but on a personal level. I appreciate you taking me to Urgent Care (on multiple occasions) and then to the hospital last May, sitting with me while I was scared to death, and offering to stay well into the evening. Your being here gave my Mother peace of mind, I told her I could always depend on you to take care of me. I appreciate you more than words can say - your friend forever. Kathy Clark Barb, we are all going to miss your part in keeping things running smoothly here. You are that swan on the lake swimming so white and gracefully, with little legs going crazy under the pristine water that we never see, keeping everything afloat and pointed in the right direction! I hope you continue to be blessed and have a wonderful retirement. Kim Frasure

14: I have enjoyed working with you since 1997. This place will never be the same, don't forget us! Now you can see all the first run movies and recommend them to me! Debbie Bias Hey Barb, Just wanted to take the time to thank you for all you have done for me over the years. Thanks for all your support and prayers and concerns with John Tyler, you’ll never know how much your support has meant to us. You’ve been a great friend and please keep in touch. Love, Violet Adkins

15: Squirt One: Well, we made it a few years without you "beating the thunder out of me"! Guess its because somewhere along the way we became friends. I am going to miss you, Squirt, and hope that we can continue our Squirt dinners and random shopping sprees! You gave 37 years of dedicated service with a smile and I hope you enjoy a long and happy retirement. Your friend and co-worker Lillian Jarrous ( Squirt Two, the other half of Double Squirt!)

16: The Hurricane Retirees: Brenda Marshall, Kathy Clark, Barbara Collins, Shirley Price and Judy Combs

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