Linda Patton retired from teaching third grade at Purdy Elementary School at the close of the school year after 31 years. Patton began her teaching career at Purdy in 1985, as an elementary science teacher. She assumed the helm of her first grade level class in 1986, as a fifth grade teacher. She took a leave of absence for the remainder of the 2002 year to fight breast cancer setting an example of strength, grace and determination for her students and co-workers. Several family members attended the assembly where Patton was honored, including, from left, brother David Lytle, brother-in-law and sister Rick and Barb Hemphill, Patton, husband Stan Patton, daughter Audrey Patton, brother-in-law Steve Patton, father-in-law Jerry Patton and close family friend Jane Rogers. Contributed photo
Linda Patton retired from teaching third grade at Purdy Elementary School at the close of the school year after 31 years.
As a special tribute to Linda Patton at her retirement, a reunion organized of her fifth grade class from 1986. Pictured, from left, are: Leslie (Coones) Hendrix; Amanda (Schlessman) Cowan; JD Lowe; Linda Patton; Ben Lowery; Michael Brittenham and Misty (Kresyman) Roller. Contributed photo