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July 1, 2014

Saying hello to retirement

Longtime North Side secretary steps down after 30 years



If there’s one word to describe Barbara Bass, it would be committed.

After 30 years, the long-time employee of North Side Baptist Church retired as secretary of the church Friday and was greeted with a reception at the church on Sunday.

“People would always tell me I’d know when it was time,” Bass said of retirement. “And I did. God told me now is the time.”

Bass applied to work at North Side Baptist in 1984 after seeing an ad in the Weatherford Democrat.

She was chosen over the other applicants based on her skills and experience with computers after studying at Weatherford College. At that time, North Side Baptist was about to purchase two new computers.

Bass helped get the machines programmed with data specific to the church’s needs.

Throughout her 30 years with the church, Bass saw many changes as North Side expanded, including three pastors and numerous other ministers and secretaries.

When fellow church member Mickey Richards retired as secretary after 30 years, she began training Bass to take over as membership secretary. Bass grew into the role and also served as Don Emmitte’s secretary.

With the church continuing its growth, Bass was able to step back and oversee memberships and Sunday school records.

“Throughout my 30 years, I knew that God had placed me at North Side to minister to their sweet membership,” Bass said. “It has always been a blessing rather than a job.”

While still in the early stages of retirement, Bass said she has begun adjusting to her new schedule.

“It’s an odd feeling — surreal — knowing that I don’t have to drive in in the morning,” she said. “I woke up yesterday and mentally ran through my priorities at work before realizing that I didn’t have to.”

Bass plans to remain in Weatherford, where her mother and grandfather were born. She said she would also like to spend more time with her antique businesses, as well as volunteer in the community and do more cooking and gardening.

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