McCLEARY — Dozens of neighbors, friends and family came together on Friday to celebrate the retirement of McCleary Postmaster Sherry Huff.
After 32 years of working for the U.S. Postal Service, Huff decided the time was right to retire. She said she plans to stay a part of the McCleary community, which is where she lives with her family.
“I want to spend more time with my family, plus I really need to mow the lawn,” Huff said with a smile as dozens of people came to give her a hug and wish her the best on Friday, which was her last day.
She said she had thought about retiring on her 30th anniversary, but loved the job too much and decided to stay a bit longer.
Huff worked as a letter carrier in Montesano for a while before transferring to the Elma Post Office and then it was on to McCleary. She credits Dave Parks for giving her her first postal job. Parks later retired as the postmaster in Brady.
“She’s got a smile on her face all the time and she’s just a nice person to be around,” Parks said. “She can be funny and just has an amazing personality. She also doesn’t get upset very easily. She keeps her cool and she was a joy to work with.”
Parks said that she wasn’t surprised when Huff sought the postmaster position.
“This is her hometown,” Parks said. “This was the best place for her. And she just did a great job.”
Leif Robertson will be the office in charge at the Post Office until the Postal Service decides what to do with the postmaster position in McCleary.
Robertson said he worked with Huff for almost 11 years.
“She’s been a great boss and she’s always been a good boss,” Robertson said. “I deal with the customers most of the time, but she’s definitely going above and beyond for the customers.”
Robertson said one thing that Huff and her husband does is go out and actually puts people’s mail boxes up, something completely unheard of when it comes to postmasters.
“If the customer is stubborn and not putting their box back up, she and her husband will be out there putting the box up for them,” Robertson said. “Nobody else I know ever does that. We actually had a customer that had their box on the wrong side of the road and she went and, on a Sunday, actually moved the box to the other side of the road.”
Pauline Martin, the McCleary Chamber president, noted that Huff “has not only been the Postmaster but, also a huge supporter of the McCleary Chamber of Commerce, the McCleary Car Show, and the McCleary Community. She’s always ready and willing to help.”