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Longtime reference librarian retires

By Staff
RETIRING LIBRARIAN Lois Worrell, a librarian at the Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library, stands in the stacks on Monday her last day at work after 17 years. Photo by Anna Wright/The Meridian Star
By Ashley McPhearson / staff writer
July 1, 2003
After 17 years of service, Lois Worrell officially called it quits Monday as the reference-adult services librarian at the Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library.
Worrell is originally from Meridian. She has lived here for the last 23 years after moving back home following travels with her husband.
She said she is ready to retire, but is going to miss her books: "I'm past retirement age, let's put it that way."
Worrell has three children: Mark, 44, Michael, 35, and Lora, 32. She also has three grandchildren: Christopher, 13, Jonathon, 10, and Sydney, 7.
Worrell plans to leave today for Atlanta, where she will babysit and work with her daughter in an antique shop. She said that she became interested in the library because of her mother.
Worrell graduated from Mississippi University for Women with a degree in library science.
After traveling with her husband, who was in the military and later a civil engineer, she went returned to the University of Southern Mississippi where she graduated from USM with a master's in library science.
She came to work for the library in 1985. She says that her job is "like a big quiz game. I never know what is coming."
Carol James, the assistant librarian, praised Worrell's work.
Worrell said she has certainly seen a lot of different types of people.
She said that she is going to miss her co-workers the most when she leaves her position at the library.