Young retires from postal service

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Friday was the last day of 20+ year postal career for Linda Young of Leachville. She retired from Dell Postmaster.

Linda Young, retiring Postmaster at Dell Post Office, gets well wishes from Howard Smith of Blytheville. Smith will be the Officer in Charge at the Dell Post Office. (Town Crier photo/Yvonne Hernandez)

She began her postal career in March of 1989 as a part-time flexible clerk at the Leachville Post Office.

She had 15 years in banking and was currently branch manager and assistant vice president at Commonwealth Savings & Loan in Manila when she decided to change careers.

"Joe Hornberger, postmaster then at Manila, encouraged me to take the postal examination," she said. "About a year later, I left my full time job to take one that could guarantee me only two hours a week. However, by loaning to other offices, I usually got a full week's work."

Over the years she served as Officer in Charge at Leachville, St. Francis, Monette and Harrisburg.

In February of 2000 she was selected as postmaster at Greenway. She served as Postmaster at Caraway and finally at Dell where she has been since May of 2005.

"Dell was the first office I applied for as postmaster," she said. "I did not get it at the time but several years later it came around and I had the opportunity to go there. I enjoyed by years at the Dell Post Office. I've met good people wherever I've worked and will miss the many friends I made at Dell."

Her husband, Ed Young, retired in February. He served as a rural mail carrier in Leachville for 22 years starting out as part-time.

"We are looking forward to not having to leave the house on those cold, snowy mornings," Mrs. Young said. "Plus, we will have more time to spend with our three granddaughters. We also look forward to traveling.

"I have been married to my best friend, Ed, for over 43 years. We are very proud of our two sons. David and his wife, JoAnna and granddaughter, Olivia, live in Fayetteville. Our youngest son, Michael and his wife Angela and granddaughters Olivea and Kailey, just moved to Leachville."

David is assistant principal at Fayetteville High School and Michael works at Nucor in Blytheville.

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