As she answered the phone, her tone of voice sounded no different from any other day, but for Mary Ann Hodges, Monday, January 31st was not like any other day.
"I have the pleasure of having a wonderful husband of 43 years, he's retiring today and he asked me to retire with him," said Mary Ann Hodges.
As of February 1st, Hodges left her position of 13 years as chief deputy clerk of Albemarle County's General District Court. That time doesn't include the other 15 years she spent in the Fluvanna and Charlottesville court systems.
With 28 years spent in and around the courts, Hodges has certainly seen her share of changes. The two most noticeable: technology, and "The dress code. When I went to work, girls didn't wear pants to work, they wore dresses," said Hodges.
But even with all of the changes, one thing has remained constant; Hodges' never-ending knowledge of the system.
"She's got a lot that I haven't been able to pluck away, so she's taken that away," said Coworker Phyllis Stewart.
While she filed her last warrant, prepared her final court document and took that last phone call, Hodges couldn't help but to recall what she would miss the most.
"I just really enjoy people and the different activities that go on, you know that we hear about the different activities and working with them and I think I will miss that more than anything," recalled Hodges.
And those people will miss her.
"She's been a good coworker and she's been a good friend," said Coworker Judge William G. Barkley. "The coworker will end today and the friend never will."
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