Published on April 12, 2019

McCracken Retires from NMMC with 42 Years of Service

Judy McCracken retirement partyCoworkers celebrated Judy McCracken (front row, center), LPN, during her retirement reception April 4.

TUPELO, Miss.—Judy McCracken, LPN with the Heart and Vascular Institute’s Chest Pain Center and Cardiac Observation Unit, has retired with 42 years of service to North Mississippi Medical Center.

A 1972 graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School, McCracken completed licensed practical nurse training at Itawamba Community College in 1974. Shortly thereafter, she joined the nursing staff at the Fulton hospital and worked a few years until moving away briefly.

In October 1977 she moved back to Fulton and rejoined the hospital staff there. When the Fulton hospital closed in the early 1990s, she transferred to NMMC-Tupelo. She worked mainly on 3 South, which was first the oncology unit and later the cardiac unit. Three years ago she transferred to the Chest Pain Center and Cardiac Observation Unit.

Now that she has retired, McCracken will miss her coworkers and patients. “I liked taking care of patients,” McCracken said. “I will miss the people I met over the years. But I will enjoy not driving from Fulton to Tupelo every day.”

Instead, she plans to read, garden, travel and organize her old photos. Her husband, Russell, died suddenly in September 2017, which motivated her to retire while she is still able to enjoy her family and hobbies. They have three children—Marcus and Josh (Nicole) McCracken and Shanda (Larry) Crawley, and one grandson, 9-year-old Ace—all of Fulton.

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