By MORGAN MANNS
Many would agree that finding a career you enjoy and sticking with it until retirement is rather difficult these days.
For Bradner resident Terri Allen, her passion for meeting new people and helping them has made it easy for her to love her job in the postal industry.
Now, 35 years after her postal career began, she plans to retire Friday as postmaster of Risingsun Post Office.
“My time here has been a wonderful experience,” Allen said. “It’s just great working with the public. And being a part of the community is wonderful.”
With upcoming changes at the office, Allen decided it was time to retire, saying she is “ready to retire” and that it’s “time to relax.”
She worked at Bradner Post Office for seven years as a clerk and in Dunbridge as postmaster for several years before she was hired in Risingsun in 1990, following in the footsteps of her mother, Treva Betts.
Allen said Betts was “politically appointed” for the position of postmaster at Risingsun Post Office by Lyndon Johnson. She worked there for 25 years before she retired, at which time Allen showed interest in the position.
“Because it’s been in the family for a while, I learned a lot about it; it looked like a great job. And it is,” she said, adding the customers were her favorite part.
A few other members of Allen’s family have also worked in postal services, including her husband, who works as a rural carrier in Pemberville; her cousin, who is a postmaster in Vickery; and her brother-in-law, who is a retired letter carrier in Florida.
In celebration of her retirement, there will be a party from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at First Church of God, Risingsun.
After retirement, Allen said she wants to enjoy life, relax, visit her mother in Florida, and spend time with her five young grandchildren.
“It’s an honor to finish my career in Risingsun,” she said. “Everyone has treated me very well and with a lot of respect. I enjoy being here. It’s going to be hard to say goodbye.”
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