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Christmas card arrives —11 years after it was mailed

Quinnesec woman startled... and amused

December 31, 2011
By LISA M. HOFFMANN - Staff Writer , The Daily News

QUINNESEC - Lorraine Beauchamp of Quinnesec thought nothing of it when she received a Christmas card in the mail on Christmas Eve.

It wasn't until later that day that she examined the card and discovered it was from her sister-in-law, who passed away last year.

"I was afraid to open it," she said.

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Lorraine Beauchamp of Quinnesec displays a Christmas card she received in the mail last week. It was apparently sent 11 years ago from Iron Mountain.
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The card was mailed in 2000 with a 33 cent stamp. It was addressed in the handwriting of Marion Beauchamp.

"I can't believe it. I still can't," Lorraine Beauchamp said. "It was the only card I got that day."

Beauchamp, who was still in shock about the card this week, said receiving a card 11 years after the fact is surreal.

"She was a character. I always liked her," Beauchamp said of her sister-in-law.

Marion Beauchamp died at the age of 94 on May 26, 2010.

The card was mailed from the 400 block of East D Street in Iron Mountain to Beauchamp Drive in Quinnesec. The envelop had a 33 stamp on it with a 2000 mail seal and was delivered via U.S. Mail to Beauchamp's residence.

Beauchamp added that her family can't believe this happened.

"It was just a shock. We are laughing about it, but maybe she's telling me something," Beauchamp said.

A supervisor at the Mail Processing Center in Kingsford doubts the Christmas card was processed at the center.

"I highly doubt it came through here. It is highly improbable," the supervisor said. "There are so many scenarios ... are you sure she wasn't looking through some old Christmas cards and got it mixed up with them?"

Earlier, an employee at the processing center said there is a possibility the Christmas card got stuck in the bottom of a canvas mail sack. Mail was hard to feel in those sacks compared to the nylon sacks used today.

Beauchamp added that her son, who worked at a post office in Colorado, said that back in 2000 mail was sorted in baskets, and the card may have gotten stuck in a basket.

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