Loraine Maurer went to work at McDonald's in 1973 after her husband decided to retire. Then 50, "I told him we were too young to stay at home," Maurer recounts to ABC News. She didn't plan to stay for long, but Maurer discovered that she liked the job. And when her husband died in 1980, she says the comfort provided by the many friends she'd made at work is what saved her. "The people, the clientele, that's why I stuck with it," she tells People. Maurer, 94, is now celebrating 44 years of service at McDonald's locations across Evansville, Ind., where she's amassed quite a fan base. "She has lots of very loyal customers who come especially to our restaurant to see her," her boss says.
In fact, Maurer even has customers drive her to and from work for her two shifts per week. "I know what goes on with them," she says. "I have traveled with them, gone to ball games with them. They're friends, not just customers." And while she thinks about retiring every winter, "I would miss it too much," she says. She means the food as well as the people. Maurer says she's eaten at McDonald's on each day of work for the past 44 years. On occasion, she even gets McDonald's meals delivered to her house. Her favorite menu item is the fish sandwich, she says. But on the breakfast menu, "there isn't anything I don't like." (This drive-thru worker went above and beyond.)