After 42 years as a teller in banking, Marta King is getting ready for retirement. But after 32 years of working as a teller in Exeter, she wants an opportunity to see the faces from across the county over the years.
In order for customers to come by and see her familiar face behind the counter one last time, Bank of America is holding an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 at its Exeter branch, located at 100 E. Pine St. in Exeter. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day, so come by and say hi as Marta says goodbye.
King began her career in banking when she was a newly-wed 18-year-old. Quickly after her marriage began with husband Kerry King, Marta moved with him to Germany where the young couple was stationed on an army base.
She went to work at a military post of American Express. There, she remembers opening a bank account for Denise Turner Shropshire, daughter of Exeter’s Man and Woman of the Century Dave and Phyllis Turner. Even at her first job, across the Atlantic, she was helping Exeterites with their banking needs.
Eventually, the Kings moved back to the States and Marta went to work at the Security Pacific Bank on her husband’s birthday, Feb. 16, 1971. In 1981, she transferred to the bank in Exeter where she has worked ever since. The bank eventually merged with Bank of America in 1992 and Marta stayed on. Just a year prior to the name of the bank changing, Marta became involved in an event that would become the quintessential Exeter tradition.
In 1991, Marta volunteered to be part of the Downtown Merchant’s Association and helped organize the first Christmas Open House. Marta passed out fliers, talked with local shop owners and spread the word about the event. It was an instant success as “mom and pop” shops extended their hours into the evening to turn back the clock and bring back a shopping experience right out of a Norman Rockwell painting.
When the Kings had their daughter Sara Jayne, Marta maintained her position at the bank as they allowed her to work part time. Over the last few years, Marta became part-time again and she enjoys her odd hours as they allow her to spend more time with her grandchildren Brodey and Sloan McHugh in Exeter and Greydon McHugh in Fresno.
She has also been a member of the Garden Club, Optimist Club, has been a Chamber Ambassador for 10 years and volunteers as a docent at the Courthouse Gallery of the Arts. King was recently named Exeter’s 2012 Woman of the Year for her community service in Exeter.
Marta said working at the bank she comes in contact with many people in town, always trying to use the opportunity to promote upcoming events during small talk across the counter. Marta has also tried to set a good example for her children, customers and community by always thinking and shopping local. She buys her cars from Monarch Ford, does all her Christmas shopping in downtown Exeter and always tries to help out by buying Girl Scout cookies, tickets for fund-raisers or selling tickets to help out other causes.