PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. Aca,!A? The end of another era is hitting the Ord Military Community.

The Ord Military Community Thrift Shop is closing at the end of this month after serving the military community in one form or another for more than a half century.

The unexpected death of OMC Thrift Shop Manager Carolyn Lydia Pryor on July 18 contributed to a decision to close the shop, according to longtime members of the shop's staff.

The shop's last scheduled day of operations is Sept. 29, said Dottie Darvey, a staff member since 1980.

The shop was once the Fort Ord Thrift Shop and has been serving the military community for more than 50 years. Pryor had been associated with the shop for the last 40 years and some other staff members also have served for decades. Since 1995 the shop has been located on Lightfighter Drive near the Highway 1 main entrance to Ord Military Community in a building once used as a headquarters by the Ford Ord military police.

In recent years business hours have been from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, and those hours, Darvey said, will be observed on the shop's last day.

"Besides managing the shop, Carolyn was the bookkeeper," Darvey said. "Carolyn maintained the shop's ledger and journal and kept the payroll and tax records. It was a big responsibility."

Darvey said the shop's wares include many consignment items, which were placed on sale on behalf of community members. She said shop staff members are currently returning unsold consignment items to their owners. Meanwhile furnishings and inventory are being removed from the shop with the goal of emptying the facility by closing day.

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