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Grandmother retires from Borehamwood accountancy firm aged 96
Most people at retirement age would look forward to putting their feet up after a long working life.
But one grandmother decided she was not finished yet and spent the next 30 years working in an accountancy firm.
Marjorie Bushby, who turns 96 today, is celebrating her last day working at Liz Butterfield Associates in Clarendon Road in Borehamwood.
She started at the accountants, which is owned by her daughter, Liz Butterfield, in 1985 after she reached 60 and was forced out of her previous job working for London Transport.
The Elstree resident, who has lived in the high street since just after the Second World War, said: “I was not ready to stop working yet; I felt I had plenty to give.
“I fought to keep my job but in those days you didn’t have a choice.
“I didn’t like being retired so I decided to work for my daughter’s firm instead.”
Mrs Bushby, who has been a widow for 25 years, prepared herself for her new role by going back to college to take GCSEs in English and accountancy.
She also taught herself bookkeeping and how to use a computer.
Surrounded by cards, flowers and cake from her clients and colleagues, the grandmother sipped wine and looked back over her second career.
She said: “I’ve very much enjoyed working here, it’s a very friendly place.
“Working with clients has been particularly fun, especially the ones that didn’t pay their bills – I liked chasing them down.”
Mrs Bushby believes working has kept her sharp and her mind active.
She said: “I think people should be allowed to work for as long as they are able, though I am sympathetic to younger people who need work.
“Older people have knowledge they have acquired over the years, which can be very useful for employers.”
She is now looking forward to spending more time in her garden and doing her crosswords and playing cards.
She added: “I’m more ready to retire now then I was the first time.
"I’ll be in the office one day a week though, just to see how they’re getting on.”
Mrs Butterfield, whose daughter Yvonne also works at the firm, said her mother was her mentor and inspiration, although they did not always see eye to eye.
She said: “A lot of people 20 years younger than her are in a far worse condition than she is.
"She’s very sharp and able indeed. I’m convinced being able to work has kept her mind young.
“I would employ an older person over a younger one any day because of the wealth of knowledge and experience they can bring to the job.
“It’s not true that people get worse as they get older.
“I hope I’ll be as alert and lively as my mother when I’m her age.”
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