PRIDE Industries staffer celebrates 90th birthday |

PRIDE Industries staffer celebrates 90th birthday

Mary Rue, of PRIDE Industries, beams during her surprised birthday office party.
Submitted By Audrey Farrington |

Photo submitted by Audrey Farrington

On April 3, 2015, PRIDE Industries staff in Grass Valley surprised Mary Rue, administrative assistant, with a 90th birthday office party in her honor.

Rue has been with PRIDE Industries for 15 years. Prior to joining the nonprofit organization, Rue had a career in medical billing and medical office work while raising her large family. When she moved to Grass Valley from Oregon, she learned about PRIDE Industries and was inspired by their mission to create jobs for people with disabilities. Given her age, people often ask her about retirement.

“Women work all their lives, washing the dishes, cooking, cleaning, etc. I don’t think they have a retirement,” said Rue. “Coming to work is a blessing for me — it’s a wonderful life experience.”

PRIDE Industries is a nonprofit organization and service provider meeting manufacturing, supply chain, logistics and facilities service needs of public and private organizations while creating meaningful jobs for people with disabilities

“I have been given the chance to learn and grow from the experiences — even at 90, especially at 90,” said Rue. “Working at PRIDE changes you. You learn to love more, to be open to people with disabilities. It makes you the person you were intended to be.”

To learn more about PRIDE Industries, visit

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