NEWBERRY — After being in the workforce for 50 years, Kaye Minick Bedenbaugh has decided to hang up her hat and officially retire from the Newberry County Magistrate’s Office, where she has worked the past 13 years as a civil processing clerk.
As a civil processing clerk, Bedenbaugh helped customers with civil problems, which can include tasks such as real estate paperwork or other civil issues.
“Newberry County Magistrate is really a delightful place to work. Everybody here is like my extended family. I consider them my family. Everything here runs real smooth,” Bedenbaugh said. “I will absolutely miss all of my co-workers here, including Judge Johnson, with whom I went to school.”
Bedenbaugh, 65, was born at the old Newberry County Memorial Hospital in 1951 to Billy and Jeanette Minick. She went to school in Newberry and graduated from Newberry High School in 1969.
She and her husband, Ricky Bedenbaugh, met in junior high school and were high school sweethearts, marrying in 1969. Together they have two children, Wendi and Paul, and one grandson, Ryan Koon.
After high school and marriage, Kaye Bedenbaugh went to work for South Carolina National Bank, working there for 15 1/2 years before leaving to work for James Verner as his legal secretary.
She worked for Verner for 15 years, after which she went to work for Jackie Bowers in the Clerk of Court office. She worked in common pleas, which is the same as Civil Division. She stayed at the Clerk of Court’s office for about a year, then went to work in the Magistrate’s Office.
Bedenbaugh said she fell in love with the law profession.
“I love it,” she said. “I have been in this profession for about 30 years. It was just a great opportunity of something I wanted to do.”
Bedenbaugh’s husband decided to retire this year as well, recently selling his business Bedenbaugh Liquor Store.
Kaye Bedenbaugh said it was just time.
“We have been working for 50 years. We thought it was time to go,” she said.
She said her husband is equally excited to retire, and they are now going to do some travelling. Bedenbaugh said they might begin on Route 66 and stop at different places they want to visit.
While they do not know if they will get an RV or just do a road trip in their car, Bedenbaugh does know they will take their little dog Riley with them.
When asked what she is most looking forward to in retirement, Bedenbaugh said she wasn’t entirely sure but does know she is looking forward to sleeping in.
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