Around town Molly Lamb of Gans is known as the Pizza Lady.
Or at least to the many young people who has worked with her for the past 23 years while making dough and other duties assigned to her at Simple Simon's Pizza in Sallisaw.
“I can't say how many pizzas I've seen in my many years of working here but it's been loads,” she said laughing.
Lamb, 60, said as a young girl, she had hopes and dreams of becoming a nurse but life took her on a different route.
“People have often asked me why I don't go somewhere else to work. I just tell them I love what I do and I love the people here and those who come in here as regulars. They're good people plus I still like pizza. I don't get tired of it,” she said, smiling.
And love it she does. Lamb said during the times she is on vacation, she misses pizza and even comes to work place after church on Sundays to see her friends and eat the buffet.
Lamb moved to Sequoyah County from LeFlore County in 1981.
“I love it here. You couldn't find a nicer bunch of people and even though I'm not a native, I consider Sequoyah County as my home,” she said.
Lamb said she has earned her weekends off and works only on weekdays. “There may be times I have to work on a Saturday but not too often,” she said.
She said the holidays are busy for her because there have been orders of up to 200 pizzas at one time, “and that takes a lot of dough!” she said.
During her days off, she takes care of her household duties and shops for groceries. She enjoys going to church at Gans Assembly of God where she once taught the Missionettes, a group of girls in grades first through sixth.
“We had a lot of fun in our class. We made crafts, had sleepovers and of course, lots of pizza,” she said laughing. “After 10 years, I decided it was something the younger women in the church could do and turned it over to them.”
Lamb and her husband Brent have five children and three grandchildren between them.
She said after her first husband died, she went to work in a motel to provide for her family.
“I happened to walk into the pizza place and ordered some pizza for the kids. I noticed a sign they needed help and I applied and I have been here ever since,” she said.
“I guess I was having such a good time doing what I'm doing, I haven't noticed the years I've been here,”she said.
She said the best part of working at a pizza place is getting to know the young people who work there.
“There's been so many who have worked here. Sometimes I can go into Walmart or somewhere around town and one of them will remember me,” she said.
“I know I'm nearing retirement age and I have made my employer aware that I may be retiring soon,” she said.
“He just said, 'Well, couldn't you come in here and just make the dough each day?'” she said, laughing.
“Guess they don't want me to leave.”