Betty Reed Soskin, the oldest active Ranger of the National Park Service, retired on Thursday, just months after celebrating her 100th birthday.

According to an NPS statement, Soskin worked for more than a decade at Rosie Riveter National Historical Park / World War II Thai Front after taking up full-time service in 2011. The park, located in Richmond, California, aims to highlight the work and experience of American civilians on the rear front of World War II.

“It’s incredible to be part of helping mark the place where this dramatic trajectory of my own life combined with other people of my generation will affect the future with the footprints we left behind, it was incredible,” Soskin said in a statement to NPS. .

As a park ranger, Soskina conducted public programs with visitors and shared her own personal experiences of World War II. And she worked to highlight the untold stories of African Americans and other people of color during the war.

“Being the main source in sharing this story – my story – and forming a new national park was exciting and fulfilling,” Soskin said. “It turned out to make sense in my last years.”

NPS praised Soskin’s achievements on Instagram, writing: “We are grateful to Betty for sharing her lifelong story and wish her all the best in retirement!”

Soskin had a long way to go before the NPC.

She grew up in an African-American Creole family in Crete, Auckland, California, and worked as a clerk in a segregated union during World War II, according to NPS. Later, together with her husband, she founded one of the first music stores owned by blacks, Reid’s Records, before working as an office and political employee.

Finally, Soskin found his calling in the service of parks and shared his stories in his 80s. She even caught the attention of the White House and was chosen to represent President Barack Obama at the 2015 White House tree lighting ceremony.

Rosie Klepalshchytsa National Historical Park / Rear of the Great Patriotic War will celebrate Soskin’s retirement on April 16.

“She used the stories of her life on the back front, drawing meaning from this experience in a way that makes this story truly influential for those of us living today,” said Naomi Torres, acting head of the Rosie Clawsmith National Historical Park / Rear Front world war. , the NPS statement said.

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