Dead woman's holiday card arrives 11 years late

U.S. Postal Service trucks are seen parked near the loading dock at the U.S. Post Office sort center Aug. 12, 2011, in San Francisco.
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QUINNESEC, Mich. - A Christmas card that showed up in an Upper Peninsula woman's mailbox a day before the holiday turned out to be a late arrival after all: 11 years delayed to be exact.

Lorraine Beauchamp says the envelope was postmarked in 2000 and has a 33-cent stamp, the price of first-class mail 11 years ago. And the sender, her sister-in-law Marion Beauchamp, died in 2010.

"I was afraid to open it," Beauchamp told The Daily News in Iron Mountain. "I can't believe it. I still can't. It was the only card I got that day."

Christmas gift sent in 2010 arrives a year late

Employees at a mail-sorting center in Kingsford said the card could have been stuck for years in a canvas bag, or that Beauchamp could have been looking through old cards and got the one from her sister-in-law mixed up with those.

Beauchamp, 85, lives in Quinnesec in the western Upper Peninsula near Wisconsin. Her late sister-in-law lived about five miles away in Iron Mountain. The card says, "Dear Sis," followed by a Christmas message, and then is signed "Sincerely, Marion."

Beauchamp said she plans to keep it. Her family still can't believe what happened.

"It was just a shock. We are laughing about it, but maybe she's telling me something. ... She was a character. I always liked her," Beauchamp said of her sister-in-law.