Longtime NC Appeals Court employee receives state's high honor

Eleanor Aker, a state employee for nearly 40 years, received The Old North State Award Monday for her service and commitment to North Carolina.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — "When it's time, it's time," said Eleanor Aker.

The 86-year-old print shop operator for the North Carolina Court of Appeals decided it was finally time to retire after working for the state for nearly 40 years.

On her last day Monday, North Carolina Chief Justice Sarah Parker presented to Aker, on behalf of the Office of the Governor, The Old North State Award, one of the highest honors for long-serving state employees who have provided exemplary service and commitment to the state.

Aker was responsible for copying and printing briefs for both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court.

She changed with the times. When she began her career, she was mimeo-graphing documents. At the end of her career, she scanned and uploaded them.

"I have worked all my life. I love to work," Aker said. "I grew up during The Depression. The hardest task master I've ever worked for was my father, but it's been a pleasure to work. I've enjoyed every day of it."


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