Joanne Cooper celebrates her retirement Thursday after 30 years in the meat department at Cooper's Foods.

Joanne Cooper retires after 30 years

Joanne Cooper is retired after 30 years of serving customers in the meat department at Cooper’s Foods.

Joanne Cooper is retired after 30 years of serving customers in the meat department at Cooper’s Foods.

Cooper enjoyed her last day on Thursday, where she was treated to a large cake, balloons and a banner announcing her retirement. Her colleagues were signing a farewell book throughout the day.

When asked what kept her at Cooper’s for 30 years, Joanne said it was “a wonderful place to work.”

“I consider it a career that few people get to have,” she said during an interview that was interrupted frequently by people saying goodbye.

She said she would miss the customers and her co-workers throughout the store but especially those in the meat department.

“The meat department has become like family,” she said. “I’m sad to leave.”

Finally, I asked her that if she was allowed to leave with any cut of meat, what would she take?

“Prime rib roast,” she replied. “Might as well go for the best.”