Myra Wright spent 29 years refilling cups of coffee and serving bacon and eggs at Atlas Coney Island in Flint.
On Jan. 23, the 72-year-old waitress took care of her final customer before putting in her final shift at the restaurant.
“I’ve been here a long time, and I’ve been thinking about it,” Wright said of retirement. “Now, I don’t have to get up at 4 o’clock in the morning.
“It’s kind of a happy day today, but it’s kind of sad, too,” said Wright, who celebrated with cake, flowers and candy.
Hundreds of waitresses have come and gone over the years, and Wright became part of an extended family of diners and employees, said Jimmy Todorovsky, who has owned Atlas with his brother David since 1980.
“She was here when we bought the place,” he said. “She was dedicated, never got mad (and) always been polite. She was kind of like a sister to us. … She always said, `Don’t worry. Everything will be OK.”‘