At 1 a.m., it isn’t odd to see countless numbers of students making their way to one of the only open on-campus food options – the C-Store.
Along with the bags of chips lining the wall or the smorgasbord of frozen food options, students attending the College over the past few years have become accustomed to the friendly face behind the counter.
The store’s night supervisor, Katie Currington, welcomed students searching for that midnight snack while always providing a laugh or smile while making genuine conversation – seemingly unaware of the late hour.
On Aug. 19, Currington, a Dining Services employee for 27 years, passed away in Trenton.
“She was good with the students,” John Higgins, Sodexo general manager, said. “She treated them like family.”
Currington had a long history with the College. She worked as a dining services supervisor in the Phelps Building, (the College’s former dining hall) Decker, Travers/Wolfe and Eickhoff for more than 25 years. Most recently, she was the night supervisor at the C-Store working almost every day from 5 p.m. until 1:30 in the morning.
“She was nothing but dependable,” Higgins said. “Whatever needed to be done, she did it.”
Those who knew the 62-year-old praised her as a loving woman with deep affections for her family, which includes three daughters and son-in-laws, as well as eight grandchildren.
Services for Currington were held Saturday in Trenton, drawing an enormous turnout.
Higgins said, “All I can say is she was a quality person and I know everyone will miss her dearly.”