Staffer celebrates 90th birthday, 45th year at Novi court
Novi — Phyllis Stafford has spent half of her life working at 52-1 District Court.
Tuesday, court and Oakland County officials honored Stafford for her 45 years of service — and celebrated her 90th birthday too.
Stafford has worked in the court since 1975 serving in every division of the district court. She retired from her full-time duties in 1993 but has continued as a part-time employee, making it to her post even on snow days.
Stafford is the proud matriarch of her family as a mother of two, grandmother of eight, great-grandmother of 50, and great-great-grandmother of 26, as well as a friend to countless members of the community and the court.
She belongs to three bowling leagues, including a travel one. Stafford said she has always sought to be “to be a kind person that treats people as she wants to be treated, with dignity and decency.”