A Precious Jewel is missing from Busch’s Jewelry Store

A Precious Jewel is missing from Busch’s Jewelry Store

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

On Wednesday, June 26th, I stopped in Busch’s Jewelry Store to join in the celebration of a rare and special Jewel. The jewel I’m referring to is Mrs. Onnie Wrencher. The folks at Busch Jeweler’s were giving the community an opportunity to wish Mrs. Wrencher well as she retires after working 46 years at the jewelry store. I understand that a private celebration was to follow at The Bee Hive for Mrs. Wrencher, who is 86 years young. Mrs. Wrencher went to work for Busch’s Jewelry and the Frank Fikes family in 1967. She said she had previously worked for Mrs. Bernard Hanks, owner of the Abilene Reporter News, until she died in 1967. She then answered a “help wanted” ad in the Abilene Reporter News Paper for Busch’s and the rest is history. {{more}} I asked Mrs. Wrencher why she worked at the same place for 46 years. She said “If you are working Mrs. Onnie Wrencher and Mrs. Carolyn Kendrick celebrate a happy moment around the punch bowl. Mrs. Kendrick is a former co-worker of Mrs. Wrencher.Photo by Floyd Millerand happy with your job, why move around?” I wanted to know what she liked best about her job. Mrs. Wrencher said, “It was the family I worked for. I was always treated like family. I was part of the family.” I visited with Mark Kappel, Comptroller of Busch’s, and he had this to say about Mrs. Wrencher. “Onnie was always on time, dedicated and made sure her job was right. Onnie wrapped hundreds of gifts in her 46 years and never got a customer’s gift mixed up.” Kappel said they have a slip called the Onnie Slip. This is the slip that’s used to make sure that the customer gets the right gift. He said that the slip will always be known as the Onnie Slip. Jacque Peery, Grandson of Mr. Wrencher, Carolyn Hines, Daughter of Mrs, Wrencher, Mrs. Onnie Wrencher, and Gloria Foreman, Daughter. Photo by Floyd Miller Cake and punch were served at the reception for Mrs. Onnie Wrencher. Photo by Floyd Miller