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Jackie & Libby's Stories

 
 
 Walter Jackson Joines (Jackie): 
    I quit school in the 10th grade and joined the Navy.  As the years went by, I didn't think much about going back to school and getting a GED.  I managed a Pilot Gas Station for 15 years.  During a robbery at the Pilot Station I was shot and ended up using crutches for the rest of my life.  Then my wife and I owned and operated a Knife Store for 25 years.  I reached retirement age and still had not needed a GED. 
    Then in March of 2009, my wife decided to go back to school to get her GED.  Not wanting to be outdone or left behind, I decided to go with her. It was something to do.  Then when I got into it, I found it was challenging and enjoyable.  On September 13, 2010 I received my GED at the age of 71. You never get too old to learn!
 
Mary Elizabeth Joines (Libby):
    When I was 16 I was babysitting for $10 a week and I thought I was rich.  I was planning to get married, so I didn't see any use in going to school.  I was a smart-aleck little girl and didn't think I needed an education, so I dropped out of school.
     I got married and was fortunate and managed to get through most of my life without needing a high school diploma or a GED. 
    After my husband, Jackie, and I retired, I was reading the local newspaper and saw an ad about GED classes at Woodlawn Adult Education Center.  I had thought about school before, but thought I was too old.  However, I decided to give it a try.  I started in March of 2009 and began taking parts of the GED in November and finished up in August of 2010 at the age of 68.  It is a good feeling to know that age didn't matter. 
    I thank God, my teachers, and all the new friends I made who helped and encouraged me do it.
    Now I am considering applying for a part-time job - not because I need it, but just to stay busy and have something to do. I could not apply for a job without a GED today.  Times have changed.
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