PILOT ROCK - After 28 years of service to citizens in Pendleton, Hermiston, Adams and Pilot Rock, Postmaster Donna Bradbury will finally be able to keep an eye on her already-retired husband and go to a few more yard sales.

Bradbury retired Monday as postmaster of the Pilot Rock Post Office, a position she's held for 18 years. Friends, family and customers stopped by the post office Monday afternoon to wish her well, including Mayor Virginia Carnes and Pilot Rock Police Chief Gary Longhorn.

"My husband's been retired for five years, so now I can spend my time figuring out what he's been up to," Bradbury said with a laugh as her husband snapped her photo.

Bradbury started her career as a postal worker in Pendleton. After two years she went to Hermiston, where she served four years as a clerk. She spent four years as a clerk in Adams before starting at Pilot Rock.

"It's been wonderful having her here," Carnes said. "We'll miss her. We just love her smile."

Carnes said the U.S. Postal Service has not yet hired a replacement for Bradbury.

While she's looking forward to retirement, Bradbury said she'll miss her job and seeing familiar faces each day.

"You never know who's going to come in and what's going to happen," Bradbury said about being postmaster. "I love meeting all the people."

Though Bradbury said she has no immediate retirement plans, she is looking forward to going to as many yard sales as possible, a favorite pastime.

"I do it every Saturday," Bradbury said. "Now I can do it on Fridays, too."

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