It’s a Tuesday afternoon.
And Missy Boring is getting ready to make her deliveries, just as she’s done for the past two decades.
She’ll deliver prescriptions.
Needed medicines for homebound residents, many of them elderly.
She’ll also chat. Talk about life.
“This is what I’ll miss the most,” Boring said last Tuesday, Nov. 26, as patrons came in to the Seymour’s Walgreens and wished her well at an open house for her upcoming retirement. “I make deliveries all over. I call them my people, which may seem strange.
“But most of them don’t have a way to drive, go places. I’ve built relationships with people from here, Cedar Gap, Fordland, all of the Seymour area. Some of them I’ve delivered to for 20 years. And I’ll miss them.”
Her last day was Saturday.
It wrapped up a career of more than 24 years that started in September 1995 when she went to work for Rick and Star Curtiss at the former Seymour Pharmacy.
“Twenty-five years ago, I was working as an LPN for a doctor, and he was moving away,” Boring explained. “So, I learned about an opening with Rick and Star, and it really interested me, so I applied, was offered the job and took it.”
Her primary job was as a pharmacy technician. As years passed, more certification and testing was required.
“It’s been a great job ... it’s never really felt like work, because I’ve enjoyed every day of it,” Boring said.
She hadn’t planned to retire.
However, duty at home called in the wake of tragedy.
Less than a year ago, her youngest son’s wife died after a sudden seizure, leaving behind a 3-year-old son.
“Needless to say, it was a shock to our family,” she said.
“Since her passing, I’ve had to take on a very active role in helping out with my grandson, Heston.”
Boring said that when she works someplace, she always gives 110 percent.
“My son is an excellent father,” she noted. “But it’s been tough for him. The tragedy of losing his wife was hard. It’s also been hard for Heston.
“And it’s a situation where I’m needed to help. Something had to give, so I’m retiring from (Walgreens) to help raise my grandson. He’s the focus of our lives right now.”
Over the past 25 years, Boring said she’s seen all kinds of change in the pharmacy business.
She was on staff when the local pharmacy was sold by the Curtisses to Ernie Snyder, who later sold the business to USA Drug. About fi ve years ago, USA Drug sold the store to Walgreens.
The biggest changes she’s witnessed?
“It probably has to do with insurance,” Boring explained.
“When I started here in 1995, there really was no such thing as insurance (for prescriptions), and if there was, it didn’t pay for all of it. Almost everyone paid in cash back then.
“Now, insurance pays for probably 90 percent or more of our prescriptions here.”
And the volume of customers has increased.
“Back in 1995 and even into the late 1990s, we maybe had 40 customers a day,” she said. “Today, we have at least 100 (customers) a day. On the heavy days, like yesterday, we will have more than 200 customers, and that’s with two pharmacies here in Seymour.”
Boring also noted that she’s had a front-row seat to witness Seymour’s growth.
“I’ve watched this little town grow for the better in so, so many ways,” she said. “I just can’t tell you how impressed I am with what Seymour accomplishes.”
A native of a similar small town in southern Missouri, Thayer, Boring said that although the populations of the two cities is very close, the community involvement and spirit is worlds apart.
“Seymour really does never cease to amaze me with what is accomplished, and it’s always done with the support of the entire community,” she said. “I’ve seen things like the new library built, the YMCA started and built, then the pool was added (to the YMCA). The old Owen Theatre was saved, and now there are shows there.
“And I’ve never seen a better hometown bank than The Seymour Bank. Kirk Penner and his staff are just amazing, and I don’t think there’s another small town around that has a bank like this one in terms of really doing everything it can to help enhance the community. Because of that, Seymour still has a lot of locally owned businesses, and you don’t see that in many towns of our size.”
In retirement, Boring won’t just be a full-time grandma.
She’ll remain active on her farm southwest of Seymour with her husband, Tony, who is the foreman of the Seymour Special Road District.
“I love my horses ... I was born and raised on a farm,” she said. “And Heston will be my little sidekick.”
Boring said people are given only one life to live, so we must prioritize.
“This tragedy was a life-altering event for my son, my entire family,” she said, keeping her composure. “She was only 33 when she passed, leaving my son crushed and my grandson very confused. The fact is, they need me.
“I was raised that when tragedy struck, you dealt with it. You make whatever sacrifices are needed for your family, especially your immediate family. Tony has been supportive, and I appreciate that so much.”
But she will miss her other family.
“That’s how I see both my co-workers and my customers here at the pharmacy,” Boring concluded, her eyes tearing.
“I love them all, and I’ll miss them all.”