Betty (Beck) Yoakum



Betty Beck Yoakum
Louisville, KY

I was hired as an Administrative Assistant in 1978 and worked for many managers.  To name a few, Paul Perconti, Dean Richards, Tom Stuart, Bill Norvell, Rich Leake, Jack Colley, Jim Wallace, Shelley Rodriguez, and Lisa Perkins.  We worked hard, but we had a lot of fun also in the good old days.

I retired from Xerox in 2004 after 25 years when the Xerox office downsized from one whole floor on the first floor to basically one room on the 3rd floor and the sales reps started working from their homes.

I have two children, a boy and a girl, and they each have a 
boy and a girl.  My son, Randy Beck, has been working with Xerox in the Service Department since 1985.

It took a few years for me to learn how to slow down after I retired, but I think I’ve got the hang of it now.  After my divorce in 1984 having been married for 25 years, I met Ralph Yoakum and we dated for 17 years and we got married in 2001.  He works at home and we really enjoy having time for leisurely breakfasts while reading the whole newspaper (that was something I never had time for when I worked).

I play as much singles tennis as possible, sometimes with my son and college-age grandchildren.  I cook as little as possible.  I enjoy not having to be somewhere at a certain time every day.  I stay busy taking care of my roses and working on projects I never had time to do when I worked.

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