By ZOË WATKINS
Pam Grayson had her last day at the Shelbyville Post Office on Dec. 29, officially retiring after 27 years with the postal service.
She has worked in post offices from Texas to Massachusetts to here, serving in Shelbyville on North Main Street for six years.
But Grayson has also served her country in more ways than one.
Originally from the panhandle of Idaho, Grayson joined the U.S. Air Force at the age of 28 (the cut-off age for joining was 29). She served for 13 years, working on F16 fighter jets as an aviation technician.
“It was just always something I dreamed of doing,” she said.
After her service, she followed in the footsteps of her step-father, and began working with the postal service. In addition to her military service, Grayson received recognition for working in government services for 40 years.
Having been across the country, Grayson said serving in the post office in Shelbyville will always be a special place for her. A celebration was held for Grayson on Dec. 28, commemorating her work as well as her help through the busy holiday season.
“They’ve been so welcoming. They have been my postal family,” she said. “It makes me teary-eyed to leave, but it’s time for a new adventure.”
Now the 72-year-old plans to travel the country with her husband in their motorhome, visiting family and their children from California to Massachusetts.