Born and raised in northern Idaho, Ransier was a strong-willed bundle of energy from the get-go. Her mother told her she always marched to the beat of her own drum.
Ransier went to the University of Idaho and became a primary-grades schoolteacher, working first in the Tri-Cities and later in Kent. But she soon grew uncomfortable in the classroom and dissatisfied drawing up lesson plans.
A stay-at-home mother of three children, Ransier was considering her next step when something caught her eye in the neighborhood. A postal worker had zipped down her street, the truck’s windows wide open, radio blaring, bringing the mail.
“Hey, I can do that,” Ransier told herself.
She applied. She persisted. She got the job. Her first day in uniform was April 18, 1969. It paid $3.95 an hour.
“It’s the first job I ever got where I got paid the same as the guys for the same work,” Ransier said. “If a guy can do it, I can do it. That’s the way I looked at it.”
Ransier covered a variety of routes, whatever came her way, delivering mail throughout Auburn, Federal Way, East Hill, West Hill and spots in between.
Her perseverance was rewarded. Once the U.S. Postal Service was created and became a corporation-like independent agency in 1971, better pay came with it for carriers. Ransier soon was making $8.95 an hour – considered a good wage in those days and enough to support her three children, Karen, Pam and Charles.