Staff and residents celebrate career of nursing assistant

HARLINGEN — Maria Guadalupe “Lupita” Gonzales ended her tenure at La Hacienda Healthcare yesterday with staff and residents celebrating her retirement after 40 years at the facility.

Lupita, who began working at La Hacienda in 1976 as a Certified Nursing Assistant, ended her career at age 87.

“She’s loyal, she’s dedicated, she’s obedient, she’s patient and she’s very caring,” said Ricardo Rodriguez, administrator at the 120-bed nursing home and rehabilitation center. “She’s a great example for all of us.”

Rodriguez said he marveled at all the different positions and roles she mastered over her 40-year career.

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