HANCOCK -- School is out, and for the past 34 years Patsy Moats has taken this time to rest up from her bus-driving duties and get her vehicle ready for the next school year.
But not this year -- Moats is retiring as a regular route driver.
On a recent warm day, Moats was working on her bus, helping her son paint it blue for its new owner.
"I sold it to Pastor Mark Snyder of the New Beginning Community Church on the Dual Highway," Moats said.
Moats, 69, said her driving career began when she was towing a car for the used car business she and her husband, Paul Sr., used to operate.
"A friend of mine, the late 'Bus' Mitchell, suggested I become a school bus driver," Moats said.
That was in 1975.
She started as a substitute driver for others. Then, a county route became available and she drove a bus owned by Washington County Public Schools for a number of years.