For those who think retail is a dead-end job, meet Betty Collette, who retired last week from J.C. Penney after 67 years.

She started out in 1950 in Welch, W.Va., as a divorced single mom with a 4-year-old, she said. Her first stop was as a saleswoman in women's fashion where the expensive dresses were $2.79 and $14.99.

She's 91 now and always has worn high heels — including to her retirement party Friday after her shift.

"My mother never thought of work as work," said that 4-year-old boy, now Judge William Collette of Ingham County Circuit Court. "She has always enjoyed working, and it has been a huge part of her life. She would get up, go to work, wait on people and enjoy seeing customers. This was kind of like other people going to an exercise club or something like that."

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