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SH's Rockin' Red mail carrier dies


February 28, 2018

ALL BUSINESS on the job, Janice sorts mail at Sweet Home Post Office.

Even people who didn't know her by name knew Janice Lee Urben.

She was easy to spot by the themed hats and hairbands she constantly wore as she delivered mail in Sweet Home for 35 years.

"Everybody thinks of her as the lady with the crazy hats but she was so much more than that," said Pam Brown, who worked with Urben for more than a quarter century.

Urben died in Portland of pancreatic cancer on Feb. 24, about a month after she was diagnosed.

Longtime and relatively new friends use the same words to describe her: openhearted, hilarious, free-spirited.

Sean McCluskey, who is working on Urbe...

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