Today (Tuesday, Sept. 10) marked the 30-year anniversary of Benita Templeton and Eye Care Partners in Pella. Co-workers and friends surprised her with a cake, balloons and a sign to let everyone know of her three decades of service.
Benita was working for Dr. Overman 30 years ago, when the office they served sold out to Whylie Eye Care. Neither wanted to work for that company and Overman invited her to join him when he made the move to Eye Care Partners.
“He made me an offer I couldn’t refuse,” Benita said. The two had been working together since 1976.
Her role in the office includes making adjustments, picking out frames, adjusting lenses and ordering products. Much of her time is spent making adjustments. The look of satisfaction she sees on a patient’s face when they put the glasses back on with a better fit always fills her with pride.
Benita, who grew up in Pella and came back after she was married, really enjoys working with the public as well as her co-workers. She says her co-workers are like family.
“It’s always been home,” she said of Pella.
The business of eye care has changed over the years. There is much more technology today, and training is now offered to those in her position. There were no classes for that when she entered the field.
In her spare time, she and her retired husband enjoy spending time with each other and their two children. She has five grandchildren and a new great-grandchild.
Benita is grateful that Eye Care Partners allows her to take a couple of months off in winter to spend them in a recreational vehicle in Florida. This past winter, she spent two-and-a-half months there and missed the worst of it.
Over the years, she has seen many people move through the office. This has been a wonderful, rewarding career she says, and she would not give up any part of it.