Friday, September 11, 2015


If you visit the Ocracoke Post Office, there is a good chance you will be greeted by the friendly face of Milissa Garrish. Melissa is a native islander, the daughter of Danny Garrish and Margaret Garrish. She graduated from Ocracoke School in 1981.

The June 10, 1981 issue of the Ocracoke Island News ran a full page article on the nine graduating seniors. It was accompanied by caricatures by Kitty Martin Mitchell.

Melissa by Kitty Martin

The paper described Melissa as "a former cheerleader and basketball player. Melissa has served as advertising manage for both the school newspaper and yearbook. A member of the homecoming court, her hobbies include singing and reading. Melissa plans to stay on the island and continue working as the Community Store."

Melissa later took a job with the Post Office, and continues to serve our community in that capacity. She is a dedicated employee, as well as a devoted wife & mother, and a willing volunteer for community organizations. When you next visit the Post Office tell Melissa you saw her "picture" in the Ocracoke Journal!

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of whale and porpoise fishing on the Outer Banks. You can read it here:

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:31 AM

    She is one lucky lady, a union to protect her rights, a well paid job with great benefits, how ever, landing a USPS job isn't the easiest thing to do but there are ways to "pay your dues" and progress to a regular job. And it pays to know someone already working in the office you want a job at-- I've seen it happen -- it didn't happen for me that way.....but it does happen. You will some you lose some. Trust the Universe.