Stewart retires after 20 years at UK Extension

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By Lorrie Kinkade


The Trimble Banner

After twenty years, Mary Lou Stewart has retired from her position with the University of Kentucky Extension Service’s Trimble County office. Her last day was Jan. 5.

According to those who worked with her most recently, Stewart was more than a secretary at the office.

“She’s the hub,” extension agent Jane Proctor said in an interview this week. “Every office has one person who everyone goes to when they need something. Mary Lou is that person for us. She’s saved me plenty of times and she’s been very, very tolerant.”

Michael Pyles, who administers agricultural programs from the office called Stewart a “top-notch” coworker, who “became a wonderful friend” during the two decades they worked together.

From work issues to current events to their shared faith, Pyles said there was never a shortage of conversation between the two.

“They just don’t come any better than her,” he said. “She was ready to spend more time with her grandkids and I think that was probably the only thing that could have made her leave.”

4-H extension agent Ralph Hance worked with Stewart less than four years, however said he discovered quickly that she was the “glue that holds us all together.”

“She lives in ‘Magic Land.’ She’s the one who can do anything. When you don’t think something is possible, she can make it happen. She’ll be missed around here,” he said.