FREEMAN, S.D. – After caring for patients for more than 7 decades, a 93-year-old South Dakota woman has finally retired from nursing.
Alice Gaber celebrated her retirement last month, according to ABC News. She said goodbye to her work family at the Salem Mennonite Home is Freeman, South Dakota.
When she was young, Garber always imagined becoming a home economics teacher, but she eventually completed a 3-year nursing program. She landed her first job as a nurse in 1944.
“In nursing you just have to have a lot of patience and perseverance. It was one way of helping people and I thought, ‘At least I’m doing something that’s good.’ And, I like people,” Garber told ABC News.
Garber married Wilbert Garber in 1994, and together the coupled moved to South Dakota and had two children.
150 people attended Garber’s retirement party on June 16. According to the Mitchell Republic, the guests perfectly reflected Garber’s time as a nurse. Attendees included adults Garber helped deliver as babies.
Garber has seven grandchildren and five great-grand children.