EVART-- Sarah Parsons has served the community of Evart in one capacity or another for more than 50 years.

She retired, resigning her position on the Evart Township Board of Trustees, on Oct. 31.

The board presented Parsons with a Civic Award in appreciation of her service at their meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7.

"It was a lovely evening. I did not expect the board to do that. It was very nice and I appreciate it very much," Parsons said.

"I enjoyed my time on the board, but now I am looking to other things I can do to serve my community."

Parsons added, it was the first time she has ever received a dozen roses and they look lovely on her dining room table.

Parsons was appointed as the Township Deputy Treasurer in 1968, and served in that role until 1992. She then served as the Township Treasurer until 2016, when she ran for Township Trustee and won.

"Sarah has embodied willing civic service in our community over the past 51 years and the township has been the beneficiary of her many years of dedication," Evart Township Supervisor Doug Derscheid said.

The board appointed Aaron Maney to fill the position vacated by Parsons. He will complete the current term, which ends in December 2020.

Maney has served on the Evart Township Tax Board of Review for the past 20 years.