McDonalds in Lafayette is always a busy place. Early in the morning and around lunchtime it’s one of the “go to” spots for many in a hurry to grab a coffee and a quick bite to eat before heading to school or work. A lot of people opt for the drive-thru where they see the familiar face of Ms. Betty Bellamy, who takes their order and their payment.
Bellamy, who is a native of Indiana, moved to the area after her husband fell ill to allow him to be closer to his family. She has worked at McDonalds for the past fourteen years and, during that time, has been become a fixture for many regulars. A few of those regulars, Krystal Warner and David Flynn, even decided to do something nice for Bellamy to repay her for her kindness through the years. Warner and Flynn took up a collection of money to present to Bellamy before Christmas.
“It seemed like something nice to do, a nice gesture at Christmas… because she has always been nice to everybody… We felt like she deserved it,” says Flynn, who came up with the idea after seeing a Facebook post by Warner about Bellamy’s retirement. Warner said she thought it was a “great idea to help her have a good retirement.” On Friday, December 23rd, the two presented Bellamy with a giant Christmas card signed by all those who donated and over $700.
Bellamy herself says she has become attached to many of the customers that come through the drive thru. “I’m gonna really miss them,” she says. She names Debbie Holland, Russell Brown, and Mrs. Mowell in particular saying they “have really been real sweet to me… I love them all, but certain ones are special.”
She adds the she loves her co-workers as well as the people she serves. “It’s been fun here. I’ll miss them,” she says, and they say the same of her. “Betty is sweet and friendly and everyone knows her,” says McDonalds General Manager, Dorothy Vanderboss. “She’s dependable and reliable. You can always count on Ms. Betty to be there, faithfully.”
Bellamy’s co-worker and Red Boiling Springs High School senior Krystyn Mcmillan echoes Vanderboss’ remarks. “She’s the sweetest lady… And she’s funny. She’s always making me laugh when I come in.” Mcmillan adds that Bellamy is patient, even when it is hard to be. “She’s so nice to everyone. Watching her with customers, and listening to customers talk about her makes me want to be better. Because she’s such a good person to be around and I want to be that way.”
In addition to their praise of Bellamy, many people had well wishes for her as she heads into retirement on December 30th. “Thank you for always making me laugh, and making sure I’m warm, I’m going to miss seeing you when I go to back booth, you were the highlight of my day! You deserve the best Ms. Betty,” said Mcmillan. “I hope she’s able to enjoy not working and being home with her family,” Flynn added. Warner continued, “I’m so glad she doesn’t have to go through any more cold mornings at that window!… Happy retirement!
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