Hatteberg's People - Eula West

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On Hatteberg’s People, sometime there are folks we meet who just make us feel good. Eula West is one of them. She is a tireless bundle of “Hello Darlin’ energy. But there is so much more to this woman. We begin at her day job – greeting folks at the Sedgwick County Courthouse in Wichita.

“Good morning how are you? This is my family away from home down here. This has been my life for almost 38 going on 39 years.”

Five days a week, as she heads to work, 81 year old Eula West is about to be surrounded by people at the Sedgwick County Courthouse.

“Good morning, I’m fine how are you? I have helped hundreds of people a day. Good morning. That makes my day.”

“Good morning.”
“Good morning.”
“Good morning.”
“Good morning.”

For her, the courthouse information desk has been nearly a four decade job.

“I love it. I love people. This is my life.”

“Good morning, County Courthouse.”

The courthouse walls may surround her, but her personality surrounds the courthouse.

“Ok are you in tune? La-la-la.”

“Happy birthday to you.”

“Oh thank you.”

“Go ahead.”

She works under the security department and when it’s busy, she seems to be everywhere.

“I am in the Security Department, well, I claim I’m in every department, In fact, I claim I run the courthouse. (Laugh)

(Tom Winters – County Commission Chairman) “You know if you stand down in our lobby very long you will see a lot of different emotions pass by. Right! And you are just a stable person that has been helpful down there for I don’t know how many years?

“38 years, almost 39.”

“38 almost 39, that is a long time.”

“You know that rocking chair just doesn’t fit me. I haven’t found a rocking chair yet that does fit me.”

When her day at the courthouse ends she’s not done yet—she begins another shift, here at Parallax, a drug rehabilitation center.

“This is altogether a different atmosphere than I have during the day.”

“That’s a goal, that’s really a goal.”

Many of the folks here call her mom. She listens without judgment…

“To hopefully have a full-time job.”

And lets her heart guide her.

“Life is precious.”

Remember, Eula started her day at 8 a.m. at the Courthouse….she ends it at 11 p.m. here. A 15 hour day five days a week….at 81.

“But my feet love to walk and I like to talk.”

“Goodbye! See you later.”

“So that is the reason at 81, I’m still here. This is my life.”

(Door slams)

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