“After 75 years, don’t you think it’s time for me to go to my house?”
This was the response of Daisy Jackson, better known as Ms. Daisy, when asked why she was retiring from the food service industry after 50 years.
“It’s time for me to go home,” she added.
Her career began in 1966 in the newly-opened cafeteria located on the campus of Northwestern State University.
“It was a brand new building,” she said. “That was when I was making $1.45 an hour. I still have some of those check stubs. They were feeding thousands of children over there.”
Daisy started working on the dishwashing line. From there, she went to the line and then the salad line.
In 2006, she made the decision to leave NSU and begin her 10-year career at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts.
At LSMSA, her favorite part of the job was meeting the faculty, staff and students.
“The kids love me,” Daisy said. “Children who graduated still call me and still send me cards all of the time. It’s been a pleasure working here.”
A memorable time for Daisy was when the lights at LSMSA went out one year and it was dark in the cafeteria.
“Me and Ms. Margaret took my lighter and cooked for the kids,” she said. “The children really gave us praise for that. They made posters and all of them signed it. That made us feel good to know.”
Her plans after retirement include traveling and fishing.
“Trust me, I am going to find something to do,” she said. “When it gets a little cooler, I am going to do a little fishing. Then I am going to do a little cooking. The rest of the story, I am going to sit down, rest, watch television and nod the rest of the day.”
Her final words of wisdom before leaving the LSMSA cafeteria for the last time:
“There ain’t but one Daisy, and there ain’t no more like her.”