Recently, McLain’s Painting had a special day that was a bittersweet time for us. We celebrated the retirement of Barbara Farmer, a special McLain’s Painting employee since 2006. We’re sad to see her go, but we can also rejoice in a special friendship.
Barbara – who is a young and active 70 years of age – is an experienced painter, having started the profession 25 years ago. She’s resided in Greenville, Tennessee, for the past 6 years, which means she would travel three hours each day to get to work at 7:30 a.m. or earlier, rain or shine. Barbara’s been married to Ron Farmer, who was also a painter for us until he retired.
She and Ron are both deaf, but Barbara could read lips very well and never let her disability hinder her work.
And what a work ethic she had! At times outworking even the younger employees she was working with, Barbara never shied from doing everything everyone else had to do. Even though she was 70, she did not want a lighter load than any other coworkers, working just as hard and just as long.
Barbara enjoyed making customers happy. For the past 4 years she worked entirely on our interior crew and would make it a habit to keep the customer’s home clean. Many customers have specifically asked for Barbara to come back to do more work for them!
We considered Barbara a “mother hen”, wanting every employee to do things correctly. Even though she was firm, she had a kind spirit and was enjoyable to be around.
Barbara, we will miss you greatly! We wish you the best in these golden years!