Gracey, 60, delivered mail on four different routes at her years at the Tracy office starting her career on Route 2 for west Tracy neighborhoods.
“I know everybody here, I’ve been everywhere,” Gracey said. “I have met some wonderful people on my routes. You see them day in and day out, you get to know them, they become part of the family.”
Tracy Postmaster Joe Tualla said that as far as he knew, Gracey was the first female carrier to retire from the Tracy Post Office.
”She’s a great employee, we call her the queen, she let employees know how she wanted things done,” Tualla said. “She was our unofficial mother and leader on the floor.”
Gracey officially retired Jan. 1 but came back to the office to celebrate with her coworkers, exchanging hugs and posing for pictures as they prepared for the day’s mail deliveries.
“I will miss all my people, my friends — we have been through thick and thin together,” Gracey said.
Being a mail carrier could be a hard, heavy job sometimes, Gracey said, but the people she got to know on her routes would help, sometimes offering water on a hot summer day.
Gracey said she would sometimes check up on people on her route if she hadn’t seen them in a couple of days and they hadn’t picked up their mail to make sure they were all right.
Standing among the carriers filling their carts with letters and packages for delivery, she offered her coworkers advice to keep their sick days and time off for when they really needed it adding some final advice of “if you can’t do the walk don’t do the talk.”
In celebration of her retirement, Gracey was given a picture of the post office staff signed by all of her coworkers.
Contact Glenn Moore at 830-4252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.