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I retired from the Pullman School District in 2004 after many years of teaching various grade levels. My last five years was at Pullman High School teaching senior English and urging students to finish their Senior Projects! My husband, Rich, also retired that year from WSU’s Computer Engineering Department. I was retired one semester; then, WSU hired me to direct a program in which students across the state (Centralia and Aberdeen areas) could get a teaching degree from WSU, but live at home, not on the WSU campus in Pullman. I directed that program for a few years until budget cuts ended the program. After that, I continued to work for WSU in the capacity of student teacher supervisor in Whitman County. I enjoy these part time jobs very much. In the past eight years, I have traveled to Italy, Japan, Mexico, around the United States and parts of Canada.
Sadly, I lost my only sibling, my big sister, Shirley Anne, in December 2010 to lung cancer. My dad has now been gone 10 years and my mom, five. That has been very difficult, and we miss them terribly. However, I have seven beautiful grandchildren, ages 2 months, 2, 5, 7, 7, 9, 11 — six boys and one girl! We continue to enjoy our long line of toy poodles — the ones now named Gabbi and Maya.
I have had a wonderful family both now and growing up in Richland — a place I still love. My life has not been perfect, of course, but it’s been very good. I am lucky and I know it. I still say Richland was the best place in the world to grow up!
I’m looking forward to seeing all my ’61 classmates! Gloria