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Saying goodbye to 50 years of caring for the Cedar Valley

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A Cedar Valley woman who has been caring for the community for 50 years is retiring.

Angela Fuller has been a Physicians Assistant at Covenant Clinic and today marks the end of a long career.

Her long career is one that started at a very pivotal time for women's rights.

"When my patients got the letter that I was going to be retiring, then everyday I was saying goodbye at every visit," said Fuller.

For 50 years Angela Fuller has cared for the Cedar Valley, and on Monday, she's saying goodbye.

"You work with the same people, but everyday is different,and that's what I loved," said Fuller.

Throughout her career, the people she's cared for, have cared just as much about her.

"Her parents lived in Hudson," said Fuller. "But she came from several different states just to see me for her physical each year. So she came from New York, Boston, Las Vegas, and North Dakota, most recently, and came in the last week that I was here."

But what these patients don't know, is the person they've trusted with their health for all these years was a pioneer for women in medicine nearly 50 years ago.

"In the 60s, there really were very limited careers for women," said Fuller. "A lot of them were still homemakers, and the ones in the work-field were nurses, teachers, waitresses, hairdressers."

Before she graduated high school, only at 16-years-old, she trained as a nurses aid. Then, she went on to become a Physicians Assistant.

A lot of memories in these 50 years.

She teared up as she thanked the nurses who've helped her along the way.

"It is very emotional, bittersweet," said Fuller.

But she says she's ready for a new chapter.

In her retirement, Fuller says she plans to make lots of time for family and crafts, especially quilting.

There will be a retirement reception for Fuller on Monday, June 6th at Covenant Medical Center in Classrooms 1 and 2 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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