Olvera to celebrate retirement
After serving as the Lafayette County Recorder of Deeds for 32 years, Patsy Olvera will celebrate her official retirement Monday, Dec. 29, at Victorian Peddler, 900 Main St., in Lexington. Olvera was first elected to the position in 1982. The celebration will run from 6-8:30 p.m. Snacks will be provided.
Olvera first started working with the recorder's office in 1975. She worked as a part-time employee before working up to full time. She eventually became a deputy recorder before running for the recorder of deeds position.
Olvera first learned of a position within the office from then deputy recorder Marlene Martin. Olvera said she liked that the office was public and open in regard to the records available. She decided to run for the position due to the retirement of the then recorder, Robert Dryer.
"We get visitors for genealogy research ... from everywhere. I've had them from Hawaii, from all over the United States, to run the records for their ancestors," said Olvera, adding the office has land, marriage and deed records dating back to 1821.
Other celebrations include an office celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the recorder's office in the Lafayette County Courthouse, in Lexington. Snacks will be provided. Swearing-in for all new and returning county officials is Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m., at the courthouse, which will include Recorder of Deeds-elect, JoAnn Swartz.