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Community celebrates postal service woman’s retirement

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ZEIGLER (WSIL) -- The Zeigler community honored one of their own Tuesday, a postal worker who is retiring in style after three decades.

Postal service worker Tracy Hood took her final mail route Tuesday with the help of a police escort. Family and friends also gathered to celebrate.

"She has worked hard in one community for all these years. The treasure is going to be gone because she helped a lot of people along the way," said friend Caryl Lindsey.

Neighbors and local officials say Hood has a big heart and a special connection with everyone.

"I've known her since she was a girl. She's one of my sister's best friends. My mom and my sister actually made her wedding cake, so our ties go a long, long way. We'll miss her, but she's looking forward to retirement and the best for her," said Zeigler Mayor Dennis Mitchell.

Hood says she's endured challenges, like a car wreck in 2016. She recovered after five months.

She says through the ups and downs, she's enjoyed serving her community.

"It's bittersweet. It's--I'm very happy, but I'm going to miss a lot of people," she said.

Even her son says she's been an inspiration for everyone.

"Just watching her work hard every day has instilled a work ethic in me," said Christopher Scroggins.

Hood says she'll treasure her experience forever.

"There's always good people. There's good people everywhere. Small town, large city, they're here," she said.

Maya Skinner

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