Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Happy 88th Birthday Virginia Copeland Noble!

I am still amazed by all the wonderful relations that I came in contact with this past year, and that I fortunate enough to meet in October 2009. Virginia Copeland Noble would have been another of my Dad's cousins.

Virginia is a petite, elegant and warm person with a great deal of love for her brother and his family. She is also a person who loved children as she taught 8 and 9 year olds for 45 years. Teachers are the unsung heroes of this world. They can guide a child, they can instruct a child, they can excite a child about learning and the world around them. Successful teachers make an impression and like a stone in a pond, the ripples go on in unimagined ways. Virginia's students probably carry her lessons and guide their own children on the principles that they learned from her.

When I was in Coffeyville, Kansas, we visited the Dalton Museum together. A volunteer came up and said, "Aren't you Mrs. Noble? You were my teacher!" How wonderful that the grown up woman could remember a teacher that probably influenced her so much that she would remember her so many years later.

Happy Birthday Virginia! May you have many more!

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