Updated: 09/04/2014 8:54 PM
Created: 09/04/2014 5:18 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
Since the fall of 1969, families have been greeted by Mary Carrier at Cloquet Middle School. She's the principal's secretary, but not for much longer.
"45 years I've been here; starting my 46th, but I'm not going to finish it," Carrier said.
Carrier's last day will be September 19. It was a bittersweet announcement for many people who know her.
"If you haven't met Mary, you're missing," teacher Mary Jane Lundberg said. "I will probably miss Mary's smile and Mary's positive attitude."
Carrier started at the school helping teachers. She had no idea she would still be with the district 45 years later.
"She is a fixture in Cloquet," Principal Tom Brenner said. "If you say Cloquet Middle School, you think Mary Carrier."
Brenner claims he's Carrier's assistant. The two have known each other for years.
"I'm a former student of Cloquet," Brenner said. "So, when I went to school here Mary was the secretary."
Carrier said watching those generations come through the office is one of the joys of the job. She's had students tell her their parents and even grandparents remember her from being a student.
Carrier will be replaced by a familiar face. Secretary Corinne Campbell has been with the district for 11 years.
"I can bring my own flavor to the position, but I'm going to miss her," Campbell said.
Carrier said the feeling is mutual.
"We're like a big family here," Carrier said. "I don't know that you find that everywhere you go."
There will be a party for Carrier on September 24 in the Media Center at the school starting at 3:30 p.m.
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