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Sue Olson, mom – literally – at A&W, clocks out for last time


January 31, 2018

SUE OLSON is retiring from her position as a cook at A&W. She is joined here by her daughter Patty Hankins and granddaughter Allison Hankins.

After almost 24 years behind the window at A&W, Sue Olson's last day was Friday, Jan 26.

Olson went to work for then-owner Verlin Weaver on May 1, 1994.

Olson said she needed extra money at the time. She had been a stay-at-home mom. She and her husband Ric had raised two children, Patty and Eric, by that point and had two children still at home, Debbie, 10, and Tim, 15.

A&W needed a cook who could work days, Olson said.

Patty, who owns and operates A&W today with her husband Josh Hankin, had been working at A&W for five years at that point, Olson said.

"They bought the restaurant five...

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