French has been an employee at the Cherokee Post Office since 1993, starting as a city mail carrier. She soon moved inside, and, said Cherokee Postmaster Todd Oxley, "Since becoming a Postal Clerk, (she) has been serving the community - selling stamps and helping countless businesses and churches with their bulk mailings - not to mention her help 'behind the scenes,' sorting letters and parcels for the carriers."
Oxley continued, "Even though we've been expecting Julie's retirement for many months now - her big 'countdown calendar' made it pretty obvious - she'll take with her a great deal of knowledge. We'll miss her greatly, and we hope she comes back for frequent visits."
According to a Press Release from the Post Office, French plans to "putter around her farm" with husband Bruce after her retirement. The release goes on to say that French will "finally have all the time she needs to spend with her extended family of 'barnyard critters,'" and that visitors to the farm "will also likely find Julie working in her greenhouse, or her immaculate garden."
Oxley commented, "If Julie takes the same level of energy to her garden that she brought each day to the Cherokee Post Office, those weeds don't stand a chance. "
Before French takes to the garden, though, she and husband Bruce were heading for the Bahamas the next day on a well-deserved warm vacation.