Shiyou, Taylor retire after decades of service
By Ellis C. Cuevas
Jun 27, 2014, 20:25
Hancock County employees on Friday threw a surprise retirement party for Payroll Clerk Yvonne Shiyou, with 34 years of service; and Deputy Circuit Clerk Lila Taylor with 35 years of service. Pictured are, from left, Sheriff Ricky Adam, Yvonne Shiyou, former Supervisor Lyonie (Jeep) Ladner, Lila Taylor, Tax Assessor/Collector Jimmie Ladner Jr., and Circuit Clerk Karen Ladner Ruhr.
County officials and employees on Friday honored two longtime Hancock County workers, Yvonne Shiyou and Lila Taylor, with a surprise retirement party.
Shiyou retired this week with 34 years of service in Hancock County. She was the first person hired by former Hancock County Chancery Clerk E. Michael Necaise, and for many years has the county's payroll clerk.
Taylor retired with 35 years of service in Hancock County. She was hired by the late former Hancock County Clerk Marie Quintini.
Hancock County Tax Assessor/Collector Jimmie Ladner, Jr. said Friday that Shiyou "was always willing to help with her knowledge of her job and compassion for our county employees. There is no question that she is going to be very hard to replace."
Hancock County Circuit Clerk Karen Ladner Ruhr, almost in tears Friday, said Taylor said: "She has been a second mother, a friend and a co-worker, and how do you sum that all up? She is a great lady, our teacher and pulls us together as a team."
Hancock County Administrator Suzie Necaise said about Shiyou, "Yvonne is going to be missed by every county employee. She touched all 400 hundred of them in her position as payroll clerk."
Supervisor Steve Seymour presented Taylor a plaque and proclamation from the entire Hancock County Board of Supervisors.
Taylor said that she and her husband Bill will now be taking it easy and doing a little traveling. Shiyou said she just purchased a travel trailer and expects to do some traveling with some of her grandchildren.
Hancock County Supervisor Tony Wayne Ladner presented a plaque to Shiyou on behalf of the Hancock County Board of Supervisors.
Chancery Clerk Tim Kellar presented to Shiyou a one gallon batch of hand-made, extra spicy venison jerky.