PUBLISHED: 1:53 PM on Wednesday, June 7, 2006
Longtime dietary workers retire
Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital
Friends and well-wishers helped Velma Baines and Alice Titell celebrate their retirements after a combined 76 years of service at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. Velma and Alice were longtime workers in the hospital nutrition department, and their service was celebrated at a May 19 reception at the hospital's Litehouse Cafeteria.

Velma will never forget her first day on the job, since it was the same Nov. 22, 1963, date when President John F. Kennedy was killed. Velma started as a pot washer and later became a dietary aide and then a cook.

Alice started working at the hospital the day after she graduated from high school in 1969. She started working in dietary, then took time off to go to business school. She came back to the hospital and worked in communications, then became a clerk in the outpatient department. She later returned to the kitchen to finish out her 34-year hospital career.

Both women were known for the way they helped traveling patients, medical students and staff members feel at home.