Boomers Moving Forward - page 2

Retirees who remain
on the job say it’s
important to find
something you love.
By RACHAEL SEBASTIAN
Special to The Telegram
A
s a 64-year-old working
woman, Shirley Price is
looking forward to the day
she retires.
She knows the exact date and
is counting down.
“August 15, 2015,” she says as
she relaxes into a blue recliner in
the back room of Gee WilLiquors
Liquor Store in Tribune.
It’s Saturday afternoon, and
the number of liquor store cus-
tomers is beginning to pick up.
Price listens for the bell on the
door and can see when customers
enter the store.
For a part-time job, it isn’t bad,
she said.
Her full-time job is as a janitor
at Greeley County Public Schools.
Price has been working all of
her life to support her now-grown
children. And she works to sup-
port herself.
The janitorial job pays the
bills, while the liquor store sup-
plements her income.
“It’s my fun money,” she said.
Over the years, Price has held
many jobs including managerial
positions, starting cleaning busi-
nesses and driving a semitrailer.
“Just anything to make a liv-
ing. That’s all I did,” she said.
Like many baby boomers,
Price is looking ahead and for-
ward to retirement. She wanted to
retire earlier.
“But I have to wait until I’m 66
and two months old,” she said.
According to a June 7 article
in U.S. News and World Report,
half of the oldest baby boomers
already have retired.
A survey of 1,003 people born
in 1946 found that 52 percent con-
sider themselves to be retired,
up from 45 percent in 2011 and 19
percent in 2007.
Twenty-one percent of baby
boomers still are working full
time, and another 12 percent are
working part time or seasonally.
Only a few of the oldest baby
boomers, who turn 67 in 2013, are
employed part time. According
to the report, 2 percent are work-
ing part time, 4 percent are self-
employed and 1 percent are look-
ing to work.
More than half of retired baby
boomers left the workforce earlier
than they had planned due to
health problems or job loss. Eight
percent of retired baby boomers
left their jobs later than expected,
citing the need for money or the
need to stay active, the report
said.
For Price, who has a few health
problems, working has kept her
active.
Price was born in Syracuse
and raised in Tribune. She
moved and raised her family
in Perryton, Texas, for 18 years
before returning to Tribune.
In Perryton,, she managed a
club, was an interior manager of
a country club and worked part
time at Pizza Hut.
When she came back to the
area to care for her mother, she
and her sister started a cleaning
business that lasted for two years.
Then Price started driving truck.
“I didn’t like that, so I came
back home,” she said.
Price then worked at Crocket
Liquor Store in Horace for about
a year, before she started to work
for the school district. This sum-
mer marked her 17th year there.
She works 40 hours at the school
and about 11 hours at the liquor
store in Tribune.
“My school money is a good-
paying job, don’t get me wrong.
But I have everything taken out
of that check,” she said.
THE GARDEN CITY TELEGRAM
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SATURDAY, August 31, 2013
Brad Nading/Telegram
Pablo Rodriguez restocks a bin with carrots Wednesday in the produce department at Dillons East, 1305
E. Kansas Ave. Rodriguez is one of a growing number of older area residents who are retiring then re-
entering the workforce.
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