For nearly half her life, Jewel Bruce has provided stamps and sorted mail for customers.
Jewel, who turned 88 on Oct. 14, has been postmaster of the Mason Post Office since 1969.
“I guess then I never thought about being here 40 years,” she said. “It doesn’t seem that long. It gives me something to do.”
Jewel spent her birthday like any other, inside her one-room post office next to Bruce’s Grocery, sorting mail into customer’s boxes as she waited for them to pick it up.