Monday, March 10, 2014

Mary Helen Okes

I’m remembering my aunt Mary Helen Okes’ legacy on the anniversary of her birth. After 38 years, she retired as postmaster of the one-person office in Blue Jay, WV. A lifelong Raleigh County resident and member of Blue Jay United Methodist Church, she let children stay in the warm post office until the school doors opened and never betrayed a confidence. If asked to reveal a secret, she replied, “I really couldn’t say.” If someone were mad about something, she said, “They have the same shoes to get glad in.” She loved jokes, puzzles, gospel music, and sharing with others.

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