Texas rural mail carrier dies on the job, two months short of retirement

From the El Campo, Texas Leader-News:

Two months from her scheduled retirement, a rural postal worker was killed Tuesday in a two-vehicle collision along her FM 1300 route.

El Campo emergency responders raced to the farm-to-market road’s intersection with CR 387 northeast of the city around 2:10 p.m. There, they found 63-year-old Joyce Rennoldson’s Buick Century off the road and upside down.

There was nothing El Campo paramedics could do, volunteer fire chief Jimmy George Jr. said Thursday.

Wharton County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Dennis Korenek pronounced Rennoldson dead at the scene at 2:15 p.m. and ordered an autopsy be conducted by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The unidentified, 17-year-old driver of the second vehicle, a Chevrolet pickup, was reportedly unharmed and refused transport to the hospital.

Pierce Station Department of Public Safety troopers are trying to determine why the collision happened. The status of that investigation was unavailable as of presstime.

Rennoldson will be missed, El Campo Post Master Margaret Taylor-Sparks told the Leader-News Thursday.

Assigned to Rural Route 3, Rennoldson used her private vehicle to deliver mail to addresses along FMs 1300 and 441, through Hillje and into the area around CR 350.

She had been doing that job for 35 years and 10 months.

“She was a soft-spoken person, gentle, loved by many,” Taylor-Sparks said. “She worked with EMS and the volunteer fire department in Blessing. She played the organ at a church in Blessing and at a church in Markham.”

Tuesday, mail lay scattered across the roadway around where Rennoldson’s car rested on its top, forcing emergency responders to summon postal workers to the scene.

The post master and one other came, collecting the letters and other bits of mail to ensure Rennoldson’s final route was delivered.

For now, Taylor-Sparks added, another El Campo Post Office worker will step up and drive the route.

Rennoldson and her husband lived in Markham. The couple had no children.

“She was getting ready to retire in December,” the post master added.

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  • Dennis

    Sad to have worked that long to approach retirement, and then be called to your next life, Hopefully her family accepts She is in a better place, The pain and sorrow will not disappear. In time we will all see the plan and understand why things happened
    may your church family and work family do all they can for your family

  • RouteAbolished

    This is truly philosophical. I will not surmise as to who was at fault: the veteran driver who was killed on a roadway she had driven for years, or the 17 year old who was unharmed. Is there always a reason that things happen in life or is everything circumstantial? I was her age when I retired and I think about another carrier whose life was similar to mine. He retired about the same age and was very active in retirement. Less than a year later he had a heart attack and died. After one year into my retirement I don’t know if I should feel blessed or just lucky. I just wish Joyce had the chance to experience the joy of leaving the P.O.

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  • Kristen

    Joyce was and is my grandmother. Those of you concerned about the safety of carriers keep advocating! We have more carriers in the family. Word is the teenager might have been texting. As a high school teacher it was hard to go back to work and face the same age students as the one that most likely caused the accident. Please be safe out there! It hurts my heart to see a mail car lately…