Zesty 96-year-old works through retirement

Eloise Ketchum, 96, works at a Fort Worth's Braum's store, doing that for the past 17 years. (CNN/KTVT)

FORT WORTH, Texas (CNN/KTVT) —  A Texas woman is taking “working through retirement” to the extreme, even going to work on her birthday — her 96th birthday.

Eloise Ketchum works at a Fort Worth’s Braum’s store, doing that for the past 17 years.

“I do the register and check the dates to make sure everything is current,” said Eloise.

Her coworkers are helping Eloise celebrate, and you might not know by looking that she’s 96 years old.

“When I first was coming to this store and I was told I was going to be working with someone in their nineties, I was like, ‘Oh, my God,’ but then, when I got here, she was just such a joy to work with,” said Braum’s Manager Rhonda Siver.

“I love my customers, and I love the people I work with,” said Eloise. “I think a lot of people come in there, got their mind on something else, you know. And we joke … I want them to leave happy, have a good day.”

“I come in here in one of those old grouchy moods, but she can put you in a good mood before you get out that door,” said customer Bill Wilson.

“When we clock in it says on the register, ‘Make the guest happy.’ They probably got that from Eloise,” said Siver.

There was one time when Eloise couldn’t work.

“I broke a bone in my foot just recently, and I had to sit home 5 ½ weeks,” said Eloise.

“In the back of my mind, I was wondering if she would be able to come back after that broken foot, but she was calling me every week, telling me, ‘I’ll be back,'” said Siver.

And she is back; Eloise wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I don’t like to sit at home,” laughs Eloise. “I thank God every morning that I can get up, that I can go.”

“She’s such a beautiful person,” said Siver. “I want to be like her when I grow up.”

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