MYRTLE -- After more than 30 years of working for the United States Post Office, Myrtle Postmaster Delores Larsen retired last week.
Larsen said over the years her job has changed quite a bit but the basics are the same. She said she has dealt a lot with people. "The computer and automation has had a big effect on the postal service," she said.
When she became postmaster a stamp cost 8 cents. Now a stamp costs 37 cents.
Her postal area serves 300 people and she has one postal carrier, Roy Goetting.
"I have loved every moment of being a postmaster. I love the people. This is where I grew up. It has been a pleasure serving the people of this area. I thank them for their patience while working with me," Larsen said.
Fredona Riley will take over the job of postmaster at the Myrtle Post Office. She lives in West Plains and has worked for the postal service for 8 1/2 years, 1 1/2 years as a city mail carrier at Thayer.
"I'm very happy to be at Myrtle and I look forward to trying to fill the shoes of the retiring postmaster," she said.
Larsen and her husband, Paul, a retired rural mail carrier, have a new grandbaby to occupy their time. They hope to travel some, and she said her husband is involved in the Youth Bow Shooting Association, which fills a lot of their time.