We love you Jill!

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ATLANTA -- After 23 years with 11Alive, Jill Becker signed off for the last time Friday and began her retirement.

PHOTO GALLERY: Jill's last day at 11Alive

11Alive staff swarmed the morning show set in "We love Jill Becker" T-shirts, and Today Show fans waved "We'll miss you Jill" signs at Rockefeller Plaza in New York.

Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell declared Friday Jill Becker Day in the city, with a proclamation signed by the entire council.

Mayor Kasim Reed presented her with a Phoenix Award, the City of Atlanta's highest honor.

Farewell wishes have been pouring in from all over Metro Atlanta, including the governor's office.

"It is my pleasure to join your family, friends and colleagues in extending my best wishes on your retirement from 11Alive News after 23 years of faithful service," Gov. Nathan Deal wrote in a letter to Jill. "On behalf of the State of Georgia, I thank you for your invaluable contributions to the news industry in Atlanta."

RELATED: Governor Deal congratulates Jill

"It's honestly surreal and overwhelming that I've been on the air in this city all these years, and that people have allowed me into their homes all these years," Jill said Wednesday.

"They make me feel like I've been a part of their lives," she added. "And that's amazing and unbelievable." 

On Tuesday, Jill was honored by the Georgia House of Representatives.

PHOTO GALLERY: 11Alive's Jill Becker honored at State Capitol

"Honestly, I feel like I'm not worthy," she said of all the recognition this week. "I'm so, so grateful. I really wish I could respond to each one."

RELATED: Send your retirement well-wishes to Jill 

Echoing what hundreds of others have said to Jill this week, Gov. Deal wrote, "Although we will miss watching you in the morning, I know you will find health and happiness in the years ahead."

To everyone, Jill responded, "I will hold this in my heart and consider myself the most blessed person in the world."

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