BINGHAM FARMS (WWJ) – If you are the type of person who can’t wait to retire to the good life, you may be surprised meet 80-year-old Judy Hurd — who still works a 40-hour week.

A receptionist at Great Lakes Caring Hospice, the Clinton Township woman has worked in offices her entire adult life.

“I love people, and being a receptionist you see a lot of people,” Hurd told  WWJ Newsradio 950’s Marie Osborne. “If I sat around and did nothing or watched television or cleaned I would get kind of bored.”

Judy Hurd celebrating her 80th birthday at the office. (credit: Great Lakes Caring Hospice)

Judy Hurd celebrating her 80th birthday at the office. (credit: Great Lakes Caring Hospice)

Hurd has been working for 60 years; most of the time at ad agencies where, she said, the dress code was very strict.

“I wore a hat; you wore gloves; you wore a dress; your shoes matched your dress,” she said — not to mention the girdle. And there was no “dress-down Friday” in those days.

Her biggest challenge in the modern office, Hurd said, is computers — but she’s mastered them anyway.

Hurd said she’s not so unusual. Three of her friends, also in their 80s, also work full-time.

She said she’ll keep working as long as she can.

“It’s just nice to be able to get up in the morning and enjoy what you’re doing,” Hurd said. “I think it ages you if you’re not doing something.”

When not at work, Hurd enjoys playing Pinochle and singing in a community choir.


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