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Kay Needham, left, and Dora Fierro

Dora Fierro, Artesia Senior Center supervisor, and Kay Needham, assistant supervisor, retired together on March 30.

Fierro has worked for the City of Artesia for 39-and-a-half years and Needham for 33-and-a-half years, and the two have seen the Center grow from the “old fire station” to where it is today.

Needham says the two made a great team, eventually to the point everyone referred to them as “Dora-and-Kay,” never just Dora or just Kay.

Both Fierro and Needham say their future plans are to travel but also to come back to the Center and become involved as participants. The duo has been together for so long, they finish each other’s sentences and have the same answers to all questions asked about their many years at the Center.

“One great thing about this job, when we retire, we don’t have to leave – we can then come join in,” says Fierro.

The Center held a retirement party for Fierro and Needham March 16, and for three hours, it was standing-room-only as Artesians flocked to pay tribute to what the two have accomplished during their time with the city.

Both ladies agree keeping Artesia’s seniors active was the key motivation for what they did and that when someone calls to say “thank you for saving my loved one’s live, thank you for keeping them active,” that was all the thanks they needed for a job well done.

Caryle Goss took the helm at the Senior Center effective March 30.