Smith is 102 now. She wears a hearing aid and needs an oversized pair of magnifying goggles to read. She has to bend over so far to walk her eyes stare straight at the ground....
Others might have retired 30 years ago. Not Smith. She still shows up every Sunday to put in her hours at the 400-square-foot, one-room library 10 miles south of Lawrence.
Sure, she took a break in 1944 to raise her only son, Edwin. But she returned in 1956 and has been there ever since.
She has been there so long the Kansas Department of Human Resources honored her with an outstanding older worker award as the oldest female worker in Kansas.The article is interesting, but even better is the video that the newspaper has attached to it. Take a look...it will make your day.
That was six years ago.
Ray Wilbur, president of the Coal Creek Library Association, said Smith is one of a kind.
“She’s loyal, she’s diligent, she’s always optimistic and cheerful,” he said. “What’s not to like?”