Posts By: Melanie Threlkeld McConnell

TEACHER APPRECIATION

At a long-legged 5 feet 8 inches, Velma “Leone” Hyde Hughes Ray ’41 (left) had a pretty decent stride. Good thing – she covered a lot of ground in her 77 years: loyal sister, favorite aunt, farm wife, school teacher, basketball player.

A HUNGER TO HELP

Home alone, while her parents worked, an 8-year-old Alecia Page ’13 tried to open her only source of food for that evening, but to no avail. She didn’t know how to use the can opener. She went to bed, the can of corn intact, her stomach empty and her eyes full of tears. She prayed for a different life. It took a while, but she got it.