If you have been a credit union member in Delta over the past 30-plus years you almost certainly know Mary Suppes. Even before Mary was employed by what was then Delta Federal Credit Union, she was a volunteer on the credit committee, helping with the loan review and decisioning process. As a result of that experience, in 1985, Delta Federal Credit Union and Joint District 50 Federal Credit Union jointly hired her to act as the loan officer for both credit unions!
After five years, Mary admitted she got itchy feet and wanted to try out working for a commercial bank, but she says, "That only lasted a year -- it just was not the credit union philosophy, and it wasn't right for me." After leaving banking, Suppes spent a year and a half working for the Delta Chamber of Commerce and enjoyed meeting people from around the world. She then took some time to spend with two of her children during high school, and again started working part-time at the credit unions as a teller.
In 2003, Delta County's three credit unions (Delta Federal Credit Union, Joint District 50 Federal Credit Union and Hotchkiss Federal Credit Union) merged into the present Delta County Federal Credit Union. Shortly after the merger, Suppes came on board as a full-time member service representative and within a couple of years transitioned into her present position as loan processor and new accounts.
Suppes relates that she has come full circle, starting out working in lending and finishing her career in the same field. She recollects that credit union work has changed dramatically over the years. "When I started we entered all transactions by hand on account cards -- now, of course, everything is so computerized."
Delta County Federal Credit Union invites the community to stop by the Delta office of Delta County Federal Credit Union during business hours on Friday, March 31, to help wish Mary Suppes a grand retirement. The office is located at 100 Circle Drive, adjacent to Auto Zone. Cake and punch will be served all day.