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Winter 2011, Vol. 14, No. 2
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Milestone Birthdays

Lucy (Schooler) Hall, 1967 Truman alumna, celebrated her 102 birthday on July 27, 2010. Born in 1908, she spent her career in education, teaching in Mercer County in northwest Missouri. Following her graduation from high school in Princeton, Mo., Lucy began her teaching career in 1927 in a one-room schoolhouse. In spite of the times, she received a bachelor degree from Northwest Missouri State University in 1939 and a year later married her husband Bill Hall. Bill lost his hand in a farm accident in 1961, and Lucy made the decision to attend Truman State University to pursue a master’s degree so she would have job security and be able to provide a higher income for her husband and three daughters.  In 1967, after attending classes at night for five years while teaching all day and driving several times a week more than 150 miles roundtrip to take night classes, Lucy received her master’s degree in special education/counseling. She taught full-time until 1976 and retired to help launch a preschool. She continued to live in Princeton until age 94 and now resides in a retirement community in Columbia, Mo.  She remains active, exercising, utilizing her computer, cooking, writing hundreds of letters per year and pursuing her passion of genealogy. Her caregiver, Joan Pottinger says she is amazed daily by Lucy’s vast memory of people and places.  Recently, Hall has modeled nude for Pottinger’s daughter, photographer Anastasia Pottinger and painter Jane Mudd.

Madeline Harding
Higby ('34) celebrated her 100th birthday on Nov. 20, 2010. Both Madeline and her mother, Lenora Harding, graduated from Kirksville Teachers' College. Madeline says she loves square dancing, being with nature and Robert Redford. She credits Ivory Soap and Pond's Cold Cream for her youthful glow and her secret to longevity is “All things in moderation.” Madeline She taught at the Masonic Home, an orphans home, in Fort Worth, Texas, where she would bring her third-grade students to her home and celebrate their birthdays by baking one of her famous angel food cakes. Madeline is always the last one out on the dance floor doing the Cotton-Eyed Joe with her family and is known for making a “mean whiskey egg nog.” 


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