CHARLESTON - After 33 years as owner and operator of Humpty Dumpty Daycare in Charleston, Judy Asa retired on June 30.
Asa opened the daycare in August 1973 in the building that was formerly Pates' Grocery store.
The daycare was licensed for 20 children ages 2 to 12 and opened from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for more than three decades.
Asa estimated she has cared for hundreds of children over the years. In addition to spending time teaching them she also encouraged them to take part in various projects. The children of Humpty Dumpty held walk-a-thons and other projects to raise money for various organizations.
Also they participated in parades and took part in special days throughout the year.
Asa and her husband, Carl, have four children of their own, Carla Vanover, twins, Teri McCann and Jeri Nanney, and son, Todd Asa. They have six grandchildren.
Debbie Ivie, who has worked at Humpty Dumpty for the past eight years, is now running the daycare since Asa's retirement.
Asa said she plans to rest and be stress free during her retirement.