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Hesta Bailey still teaching at age 87

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She may be 87, but Victorian Square Assisted Living resident Hesta Bailey hasn't yet hung up her teaching hat.

Instead, she's putting her long-honed expertise to work by teaching reading skills to a couple of eager resident students.

It gives Bailey a chance to share a love of reading that started in childhood.

"lt gives me moral assessment, enjoyment and information," she recently told Victorian Square Activity Director Barbara Satterfield.

Bailey, a longtime resident of Roane County and retired special-education teacher, is sharing her love of reading with Victorian Square neighbors Lisa Parker and Wayne Kobel.

"Hesta knew that I was having a hard time reading, and she asked me if I would like for her to help me," Parker said. "We study three or four times a week."

Bailey's decision to help sparked from a fascination with learning and wanting to share her passion.

"Reading with Hesta helps me to slow down, and then I can understand what l'm reading and remember the words better," Parker said. "Both of us are learning together. That's really good."

Kobel is equally enthusiastic.

"l asked Hesta if she would help me read because she is nice and patient with me," he said. "I can read the word 'Horace' now, and I couldn't do it before. l can read better.

He added, "I like Hesta; she's so smart!"

Bailey earned her master's degree late in life. She taught special education in New York and was active with women's missionary work.

She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an organization honoring educators and their academic contributions.

She also actively participates in art, reading, singing, word games, exercise, community outings and the Red Hat Society.

Bailey loves people and wishes to share her faith with them.