TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A state worker was honored Tuesday for her long service to Kansas.
Gov. Sam Brownback presented a "50 Year" pin to Kathy Ellis during a reception at the New England building, home to the Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services.
The registered nurse worked for Topeka State Hospital until it closed, then moved to the Department on Aging, where she manages the Care Program.
Kathy's husband of 50 years, Randy, and one of her two sons, Dwight, were on hand to see her honored. Randy spoke of what a wonderful partner Kathy is, while Dwight thanked her for her love and support of two boys who came from difficult backgrounds and had no home. The Ellis' first took in the boys as foster children.
Department Secretary Shawn Sullivan shared stories from coworkers of how Kathy is an inspiration to all around her. He also spoke of how dedicated she is in her work on behalf of some of the state's most vulnerable citizens.
Kathy says she plans to retire once she officially passes the 50-year mark in September. She says she has no plans other than to hang around the house.