Faye Arlt of Minot has spent 50 years serving others. Last week she retired, but she says there is still work to be done.
“January 7th of 2011, I retired,” she explains. “In June of 2011, I came back to work.”
Life after her first retirement wasn’t what Faye Arlt expected. She says the 2011 flood changed her plans.
“We were going to go camping and family reunions and just go south in the wintertime, but then the flood hit, and I’ve been back to work since June of 2011.” says Arlt.
She found work at Somerset Court Retirement Home in Minot, her childhood passion of serving and helping others rekindled. She’s been doing so since age 14, when she receieved her first job from one of the nuns at Saint Joseph’s Hospital.
“I talked to sister Marian and she said, ‘Well Faye, you’re a little too young,’ since I was only 14, ‘you’re a little too young, but one of our auditors here at the hospital is expecting a baby and needs a babysitter, would you be interested in that?’ So I said ‘Yes!’ and that’s when it started. From that time on I always knew I wanted to work at the hospital,” Arlt says.
She went to nursing school while being a full-time mother of three and putting together a nearly 60-year resume in the medical field, from delivering babies to surgical examinations, and assisting elderly patients.
Now, for the second time, she’s bringing her career to an end.
“I’ve had a wonderful wonderful long career. It’s been wonderful, and I would never ever have missed out on that. Wouldn’t have wanted to miss out on this career. It’s been wonderful.” Alrt says.