Ship Bottom — In one of its final acts before Thanksgiving, the Ship Bottom Borough Council recognized a longtime employee for her years of service to the community and visitors, too. Millie Hughes, the almost 99-year-old beach operations employee who retired at the end of the summer season, was honored with a proclamation from the council and a standing ovation from the audience Nov. 26.
“I hate to see you go,” Mayor William Huelsenbeck said as he stood with Hughes in the middle of the meeting room. “You’re not only a good employee, but you’ve been a good friend of mine for years.”
Hughes was born Dec. 15, 1920, in North Jersey and has been a resident of Ship Bottom since 1939, according to the proclamation. She served with the U.S. Coast Guard from 1943 to 1945, photographing and fingerprinting crew members of foreign ships.
In 1997, at the age of 77, she began working for beach operations in Ship Bottom, according to the proclamation.
“Whereas, Mildred Hughes has been a loyal, conscientious employee of Ship Bottom for 21 years; and Whereas, Mildred has retired from her position as of September 2019,” the decree reads before ending with a heartfelt appreciation for her service.
After the clapping eased, Hughes thanked the council: “I enjoyed my job.” Council President Ed English joked he knows she will “start a new career.”