Daily Dunklin Democrat
SENATH, Mo. -- The City of Senath bid farewell to Street Superintendent Raenell Ivy at a retirement party given in her honor on Dec. 7, 2012. The event was held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 7, 2012, at Senath City Hall. During the event, Ivy was presented a plaque of appreciation from the city by Mayor Joe Lane.
"I have enjoyed working for the City of Senath and all of the employees over the years and I would like to thank the Mayor and the City Council for all of their support. It is the best job that I have ever had and I will continue to support the city in any way that I can and I will do some volunteer work in the future. I do plan on enjoying my retirement," she said. She also expressed a special thanks to everyone who attended her retirement party reception and for all the wonderful gifts and well wishes.
During the party, many people came by to extend their best wishes on a happy retirement and to share happy memories of her 27 years with the city. One thing that stood out as people spoke was the love that Ivy has for the City of Senath. Whether she was out mowing the grass, planting trees or flowers, chasing dogs, sweeping streets, putting up Christmas decorations or just filling out hundreds of purchase orders, she did so because she was proud of the town in which she lived and wanted to make it as attractive as possible.
Ivy, daughter of Shelby and Lola Richey, grew up in Bragg City, Mo., and is married to Ray Ivy, alderman for the North Ward. Together, they have two daughters, Ranae and Ronda and have lived in Senath since 1983.
Before coming to work for the city, she worked for 10 1/2 years at Emerson Electric. After her employment with Emerson ended, she was asked by Mayor Lane if she wanted to read water meters part-time for the city on weekends and that, in turn, led to a full-time position working for the street department. Ivy was the first woman ever hired for the street department in the City of Senath.
Eventually, she was promoted to Street Superintendent and during the trying times of the 2009 ice storm, Ivy and the street department personnel were presented several awards for the work that was done during that time.
"She was always on the job. I never asked her to do anything that she didn't get done. Most of the time, I didn't have to ask her to do anything. She was just a very hard-working lady. She had the city in mind when she worked here in everything she did. Even after work, she would go home and cook supper and be outside working in her own yard," Mayor Lane said, adding, "She's hard working. I just can't say enough good about her."
" Rae's love for Senath was apparent in all she did to beautify and maintain our parks and streets," said Jeana Lewis, city clerk, adding, "She was a big part of our fall celebrations [and] our Christmas tree lightings. Her job is one that most of the time goes unnoticed. It just gets done. Rae did it all in the cold [and] in the plus 100 degree temperature, every day, all day long. We will miss her. [She is] one in a million."
In closing, Ivy's family shared their thoughts, "Mom is the hardest working, dedicated and loving person I know. Her heart is always in everything she does and she truly cares about the town of Senath. One of a kind. Enjoy your retirement mom, we love you."