Odessa Davis, a UNC housekeeper who has been a voice for her coworkers in an ongoing effort to reform housekeeping, is retiring after nearly 17 years of service.
“I’m leaving because so much is going on in housekeeping now,” Davis said.
“I would have liked to stay for two more years, but I think it’s time to go.”
Colleagues said Davis was more than just a housekeeper to members of the University community — serving as a leader and friend to many.
At a retirement party held for her in Odum Village on Wednesday, James Holman, a crew leader for housekeeping, said it was held to show gratitude for her service to UNC.
“She is a strong advocate for employee rights, an excellent worker and a great friend,” he said.
David Fraley, a building environmental technician for housekeeping services, said she is an inspiration.
“She’s always strived to make the department a better place to work,” he said.
“I’ll miss her smile — she’s one of these people that you just can’t replace.”