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									       By Telford
                                                                                        H.R. No. 171


                            WHEREAS, On February 9, 2001, Mary Edna Harkey marks 50 years

of outstanding service to the State Bank of DeKalb, and she has earned the respect of all who

know her; and

                            WHEREAS, Mrs. Harkey became secretary to the president of the

State Bank of DeKalb on February 9, 1951, embarking on a career that includes positions as

assistant cashier, cashier, and vice president and secretary to the chairman of the board, and she

currently serves as vice president and secretary to the board of directors; and

                            WHEREAS, Before beginning her association with the State Bank of

DeKalb, this notable Texan graduated from Draughon's Business College in Dallas and was

employed with Koon-McNatt Storage and Transfer, Southwestern Transportation Company,

South Dallas Bank & Trust, and Southwestern Telephone Company and General Telephone

Company; she later completed various courses with the American Institute of Banking in

addition to public relations and sales classes through The University of Texas at Austin; and

                            WHEREAS, Her enthusiasm, upbeat attitude, and notable customer

service are known throughout her community, and Mrs. Harkey takes to heart mottoes such as,

"You can never do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late,"

and "From the day you are born 'til you ride in the hearse, there is nothing so bad, that it couldn't

be worse!"; on her birthday this year, her colleagues presented her with a cake decorated with the

likeness of the Energizer Bunny in tribute to her ability to "keep on going"; and

                            WHEREAS, Deeply respected for her leadership ability, she shares
her time and talents with many worthy local and national organizations and has served in myriad

offices; she has served as chairman of the board of New Boston General Hospital; she is a

founding member of the National Association of Bank Women and participates with the DeKalb

Chapter of the American Business Women's Association and the Texarkana Chapter of the

American Institute of Banking; she served on the Texas Small Business Advisory Council; and

                           WHEREAS, Mrs. Harkey's diverse volunteer activities include

serving as financial secretary of the DeKalb Community Chest for 40 years, as secretary of the

Kiwanis Club, and as a member of Keep DeKalb Beautiful; this woman of faith is an active

congregant of First Baptist Church and supports additional civic endeavors too numerous to

mention; and

                           WHEREAS, Listed in several editions of Who's Who of American

Women, she is the recipient of a Community Service Award presented by the DeKalb Chamber

of Commerce and she was named Member of the Year by the East Texas Chapter of Bank

Women; and

                           WHEREAS, Throughout her life, Mary Edna Harkey has aspired to

the highest level of professionalism and achievement, and her significant efforts in behalf of her

fellow citizens are truly exemplary; now, therefore, be it

                           RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 77th Texas

Legislature hereby commend Mary Edna Harkey for her distinguished career at the State Bank of

DeKalb and extend to her sincere best wishes for continued success and happiness; and, be it


                           RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for

Mrs. Harkey as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives.

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