Local News: Quarter century of memories: New Madrid Oaks Nutrition Center cook retires (3/8/22) - freetxp

Local News: Quarter century of memories: New Madrid Oaks Nutrition Center cook retires (3/8/22)

Carolyn Farrenburg officially stepped away from the kitchen at the Oaks Nutrition Center on Feb. 28 after 25 years. In her retirement, Farrenburg said she plans to travel, enjoy her grandchildren and occassionally fill in when needed at the Center. She will be replaced by Tawisha Mansfield.

Jill Bock/Standard Democrat

NEW MADRID, Mo. – Carolyn Farrenburg thumbed through a stack of photos from events over the years at the Oaks Nutrition Center in New Madrid.

She traced her finger around the faces she saw.

Some, she pointed out with a sigh, have died. Other photos brought a laugh and a favorite memory of times spent together.

After 25 years at the Center, there are many memories for Farrenburg.

On Feb. 28, Farrenburg officially took off her apron and ended her duties as head cook. But before she walked out the door, she created more memories with those whom she described as family.

“This is my second home,” said Farrenburg. “I went through some hard times and they were all here for me. It is just like one big family here. They are my people.”

Carolyn Farrenburg, second from the left, gets a little teary eyed as Dorothy Fowler talks about their time working together. Pictured from left are Paulette Bledsoe, Farrenburg, Brenda Mason, Fowler and Madeleine Cowan.

Jill Bock/Standard Democrat

When she was hired as a cook, Farrenburg admitted she knew nothing about the job. But, like a family would, those around her helped her learn.

“I just fell in love with everybody,” she added with a smile.

At that time in addition to providing hot meals at the Center, meals were packed and delivered to the homebound in New Madrid, Howardville, Lilbourn, North Lilbourn and homes in between. Farrenburg said as soon as one route was delivered, another route was packed and deliveries resumed.

She estimated for some 10 years, she helped cook and delivery approximately 160 meals a day five days a week to those in need.

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