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Baucum ends 39-year career at Friendship Manor

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By Panzi Blackwell

Retirement is usually not an unusual occurrence.
But this summer at Friendship Manor in St. Elmo, it was a special event, as Versie Baucum had worked 39 consecutive years in the same position – a certified nurse’s aide – in the same location, caring for nursing home residents in an occupation that is very fulfilling and satisfying, but one that can also be both physically and emotionally taxing.
One tends to become very attached and bonded to their patients, often regarding them as an extended family, even as an uncle or aunt.


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