Exceeding Expectations

Exceeding Expectations

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Verna Lathrop Kerna€™s life story began with birth on a small dairy farm near the village of Greenwood, Illinois on the first day of November 1927. As a farm girl, later living in Greenwood village, she was the younger (by six years) sister of one brother, parented by a skilled carpenter-cabinet maker and a mother who viewed life pessimistically A young high-school gym teacher left seeds of womena€™s worth within some of her students, and the athletically talented and able student, Verna, took that potential to heart. First of her extended family to propose going to college, her mother asked a€œOn what, buttons?a€ Noa€”fully on her own personal earnings (from work as bank teller, factory worker, employed student living in cooperative housing), she went off to the University of Illinois. A blind date in her sophomore year brought together the two who would share 66 years of their livesa€”ending with her death in 2013. Always physically activea€”tennis, sailing, biking, jogging; scholarlya€”highest ranking in her college class; innovativea€”created academic-advising program in her Iowa State University department; wife and mothera€”two children, three grandchildren, all high achievers; care-giver to an aged mothera€”who lived 300 miles away; herself a winner over five forms of cancer; lover, companion, and fellow-traveler/sometimes resident with Bob (the blind date) in far places on four continents and islands of the Pacific.... neighborhood: Bobby on his tricycle, Barby ina stroller, and the parentsa€” sometimes one sometimes botha€”watching over the a€œtravels. ... Ittook littletime in spring weather forthe 4yearold tomaster operation of Nelly Belle: forward, backward, sharp turns, etc. ... It was anew 14inch Schwinn bike, first with training wheels.

Title:Exceeding Expectations
Author:K. Robert Kern
Publisher:Xlibris Corporation - 2014-05-12


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