Bethel: Longtime Pierce bookstore manager retires

Katie Lane


After 30 years serving the bookstores at Pierce College Puyallup and Fort Steilacoom, Marge Bethel retired on Feb.17. The Puyallup campus bookstore now will be managed by Midoli Cram, who was a student at the Fort Steilacoom campus before working for the bookstore.

With her bookstore days now behind her, Bethel plans to spend her retirement doing things she loves.

“If I have no other plans and it’s nice, I’ll probably be out on the motorcycle,” Bethel said.

She also is looking forward to having free time to spend with her new grandchild.

Bethel has moved with the Puyallup bookstore since it was a tiny space. At one point she said, her desk was so close to the cash register, she could work at both without getting up.

Bethel has friends among the staff at Pierce and plans to return to visit. But, the excitement on her face about her retirement was unmistakable.

“I’ll miss the people the most,” Bethel said.

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Bethel: Longtime Pierce bookstore manager retires

by Katie Lane time to read: 1 min