Goldie Seymour’s been driving a truck ever since she was 16, when she got an operator’s license to help her father haul cattle on their ranch in Wyoming.
“I’m the oldest of eight kids, so I was my father’s only son for a while,” she said in a phone interview with Land Line. “I was probably 7 or 8 years old when he first had me driving tractor on the farm.”
More than 40 years later, not only is she still trucking beef, she’s making history, becoming the first woman to be named “Driver of the Year” in the 47-year history of her employer, National Carriers, of Liberal, Kan.
Seymour, an OOIDA life member from Wagoner, Okla., said she was still “up in the clouds” over winning the award, and she called the experience “humbling.”
“I feel very privileged that I’m able to show the other women out here as well as the men that it is worth the challenge we (women truckers) go through every day,” she said. “I can remember when you would pull into a truck stop, you had to have someone guard the shower for you, because they didn’t have men’s and women’s showers. There’s still some stigma out there for a woman trying to work in a ‘man’s world.’”
She also said she’s never run as part of a team, preferring to drive solo because “there’s just not that much room in the cab.”
“The most team driving I’ve ever done is right now, with my two dachshunds,” she said.
Jim Franck, president of National Carriers, said Seymour exemplifies the company’s “Elite” fleet with her professionalism.
“She always has a positive, can-do attitude,” Franck said in a press release issued by the company. “She goes out of her way to be professional in everything she does.”
Seymour has been working for National Carriers for three years, now as a leased-operator. Prior to that, she worked for almost 10 years driving for Heil, which also hauls beef.
“It’s something I’m not unaccustomed to,” she said. “I’ve hauled (beef cattle) all the way from on the hoof to in the box.”
She said living the trucker’s life has “been good to me.”
“I’ve raised three wonderful sons, who all have CDLs,” she said. “And I have grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”
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