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Inspirational Albertson's Employee Doesn't Let Past Troubles Get Her Down

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All of us can use a reminder to smile and be grateful every once in a while, especially in the middle of a long work week. For employees at Albertson's on 40th Avenue, Margaret is that reminder. All of us can use a reminder to smile and be grateful every once in a while, especially in the middle of a long work week. For employees at Albertson's on 40th Avenue, Margaret is that reminder.

YAKIMA, WA - All of us can use a reminder to smile and be grateful every once in a while, especially in the middle of a long work week. For employees at Albertson's on 40th Avenue, Margaret is that reminder.

"I like it better here because they like me here," Margaret Dilbeck said.

Margaret was born mentally disabled but that hasn't stopped her spirit. A work shift with Margaret could include some surprise candies, a new charm bracelet or even some songs. Johnny Cash is her favorite.

"I look forward to coming in every day knowing Margaret is going to be here because it brightens my day and its fun being with her and working with her," Joe Doria said.

It wasn't always this way. In the past, Margaret wasn't able to hold a job. She suffered thousands of seizures. Getting them 3 times a week for the first 40 years of her life.

"You wouldn't know what to do because it's just like, 'is she going to live through this?" Margaret's sister Pat Dilbeck said. 

Brain surgery at the University of Washington in 1998 cured her seizures, and allowed her to do what she now loves, work at Albertson's.

"I feel a lot better that I don't have those seizures anymore," Margaret said.

"She's a whole person today where before it was so difficult for her before," Pat said.

This month, Margaret is celebrating her 10th year at the store. 10 years of working hard, loving her job and spreading smiles.

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