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.