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S: Retirement

BC: Kathy, I dedicate this book to you. You are a wonderful, kind, thoughtful person. I am a better person because you are in my life. I love you very much and wish you much joy and peace! Love, Emily

FC: Kathy Glenham 2011

1: I believe that difficult things happen in one's life in order to make one strong, but in the end decent people are rewarded with good people at their sides, and good things happen to them .

3: I am so proud of you and know that throughout our years together, not only have you been the perfect wife for me, but you have been the perfect teacher for so many students and the perfect friend for so many co-workers and parents. It is time for you to receive your blessing and full reward of retirement from teaching. I look forward to coming home from work now to home-cooked meals and a clean house everyday!

5: Would I have ever thought that on December 31, 1949, in Richard Baker Hospital, Hickory, North Carolina, I would be writing a tribute to a beautiful curly headed daughter on her retirement from teaching elementary school in Cabarrus County, NC. In her baby days she was sweet and cuddly and could melt ones heart with the greatest of all, her smile. Those days went so fast from elementary school to junior high and on through high school. What next - Preparing for college where she was a graduate from Lenoir Rhyne, Hickory, N.C. Leaving her at Lenoir Rhyne was a sad time for her dad and me because we knew we would only see her now on short visits, unless she needed something. After graduation she was most fortunate to get a teaching position in the public schools in Charlotte. What would be next – marriage of course. This beautiful daughter would then become a blushing bride. After several years she became the mother of a lovely daughter. Then it seems life repeats itself. I especially look forward to Kathy retiring hoping that we can break out of the bars, as the picture above shows, and we will be able to have time for some precious moments together and I won’t have to listen to “I have to go home now because 5 O’ clock comes might early in the morning for me to get ready to go to school”. Kathy, your 20 some children will miss you, I’m sure, but it will be our special time to renew some of the good times we’ve had together. Love you, Mom

6: "If you brought one moment of happiness into the life of a child you were a coworker with God." Author unknown | Dear Kathy, What a dear friend you are! I am thrilled that you have made it to this moment in your life and that I am able to share it with you. I wish you peace, love and joy throughout your retirement. You will always be a teacher; your classroom will just expand! I am sure you will be gracing others with the gift of you in new ways. Thank you for your candid wisdom through the years; your laughter and your tears. I love you. When I think of you, I smile and think how blessed I am to have you in my life. You are truly the Lord’s blessing and his vessel. Thank you for letting your light shine on me! Grace, peace and love always, Krista M. Eason

7: Best wishes to you as you retire! An anonymous author once said, "Teachers teach more by what they are than by what they say." This quotation truly epitomizes you as a person as well as a teacher. Words just cannot express my gratitude to you for your friendship and kindness over the years. God truly sent us an angel when our paths crossed in 2008 when you were Seth's teacher. You were blessed with such a gift for teaching children (and parents). You taught Seth so much during that 1st grade year, however, I think you taught me more. I will never be able to thank you enough for all that you have done for our family. Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart for your kindness, generosity and friendship. As you retire, I wish you all the happiness and joy that life has to offer you. Love, Anne Luker

8: Congratulations! This is the start of a new beginning! Rest, relax and enjoy! Love you!

9: I will always cherish the memory of the four years we taught together at Harrisburg. A special friendship developed there that will continue on throughout eternity! Love you! Bev

11: Kathy! I am so excited for you (and a little bit envious). I know you are looking forward to having the life of leisure and enjoying grandmother duties when you can! You have made such an impact on so many little lives over the years and you have touched many "grown ups" as well! I wish you the very best in your retirement and just know that I's right behind you! Nancy

13: Congratulations on this special occasion! You have put your heart and soul into teaching your students and me throughout the past 30+ years. Don’t worry if you miss teaching in the classroom on any level; your teaching skills will be appreciated in teaching future generations in our family. You will be teaching me for an eternity as well as your grandson. For this we are so thankful. You had faith in me even when I did not deserve it. You have guided my life and the lives of your students. You’ve changed more lives than you could ever know. You have given so much of yourself in all your hard work and efforts over the years. You deserve this time: a time to look toward your future. A future of relaxing at home, spending time with friends and family, shopping, gardening, or vacationing. I wish you great fun and happiness now that you will have time to do the things you want to do. You can now relax without the daily concerns of work. We love you and will be there with you to enjoy your retirement days. Love, John, Alyson, Jay, and Brett.

14: You have a passion, a natural ability to teach – but not just children. You have taught me over the last 44 years how to be a real friend – loyal, supportive, always THERE, through thick & thin, AND you always laugh at my jokes, even if they aren’t funny!! Remember.. .. sitting on the roof of Highland Hall for the Emily serenade .. typing our New Testament Class exam at 3:00 am .. wearing matching sweatshirts to the Sigma Chi House. .. jigsaw puzzles.. .. getting some sun on “Pebble Beach”. .. driving back from a wild night at “Someplace Else” .. whispering all the way from the library to the Student Center.. .. a SMALL black piece of “something” on your tooth as you talked with Jim Barley. .. skiing with ALL those people at MY WONDERFUL mountain house!!!... .. wrapping up my “getting sick” bag on the airplane for Beck Pasour.. .. your jaw locking after trying to bight into a rather large hot dog. .. the hair ball (or was it a used Q-tip???) showing up in various places. Kathy – you’re THE BEST! TO BE CONTINUED Love you! Phyllis

16: Best Wishes for a Happy Retirement—Enjoy sleeping late, relaxing, and spending time with your family---The best years are to come, Sincerely, Martha McCall

17: You are a Wonderful, Unique, Person in my Life. I am so blessed to have you as a close Friend.Your heart is full of joy and you always make everyone feel so special when they are around you.You have really touched my heart in so many ways. I think back to so many times we have been together and have had so much fun. I will never forget our experience in the bathroom in Jefferson. Way Too funny! I shall cherish all the great memories. Bless you on your new journey. Enjoy every minute of your retirement. You worked hard and deserve it.. Can't wait to get into trouble with you and Bev. Friends Always, "Sister Chick" Lynda C.

19: I have known Kathy for three years. and have worked directly across the hall from her.I have always enjoyed her sweet smile and eagerness to work with children. She has always been willing to share ideas and contribute many of her hard working files. she is a dear friend that I have been able to confide in and as well as share joyous and troublesome times. It has been wonderful to have a friend that I can share prayer requests with and to talk to about the Lord. Kathy, thank you for being my "mentor" this year. Michelle | Dear Kathy, What a "privilege" it has been to work with you and call you "my colleague". We have been very "blessed" to have you with us here at Pitts. I will miss you, and I wish you the very best upon your retirement ! I can't wait to see that glow and smile that seems to go with retirement. Please know that you will always be with us "in our hearts " ! Hugs & Kisses ! Suzan

20: To my confidante, my mentor, and my best friend, Wow! where should I begin....I was a nervous young lady walking through your door as your new Teacher Assistant. I was immediately greeted with a warm smile and hug. I knew then that everything was going to be alright. I had found not only a WONDERFUL TEACHER but a FRIEND to work with. How bless could one person be. I thank God for placing such a wonderful person in my life. You have been by my side through a lot of were always there to give me a helping hand a words of encouragement. I LOVE YOU KATHY GLENHAM and I thank God for blessing me with you. Enjoy your retirement, you deserve it!!! Love, Dawn | Kind and Loving Amazing and Giving Thoughtful and Generous Honest and Graceful You truly will be missed!! Kathy, I have enjoyed working with you for the past 6 years. I have learned a lot from you and I am honored to call you a friend. Keep in touch! Elaine

22: Dear Kathy, Well, I have known you for 6 years now and I have so enjoyed the times that we have spent together. I don’t ever recall you ever raising your voice above a whisper. I can even hear you saying to me, in the softest voice, “I was so mad, I could have .” That, by the way, was still done in such a soft voice. We have shared ideas and talks about grandchildren that I will always cherish. It seems that we have talked for hours about those very things and I have always looked forward to hearing and sharing the latest episodes of children and children. It truly will be difficult for me to walk down the first grade hall and know that someone else is in what has been your room for six years. I am sure that there will be times that I will want to walk down and share a Chloe or Sophia moment with you and listen while you share several of yours. I will be thinking of you!! I do so hope that your retirement is filled with joyful days that include friends, family, relaxation, and Westgate Resorts. Tons of love and envy, Yvonne | Kathy, What a legacy you have left to the grand profession of teaching! You have touched so many lives in your 35 + years and you may never know the impact you have made on the future but God knows! I feel privileged to have been one of your colleagues these past 8 years and it has been a blessing to me to work with you. Enjoy much deserved retirement and playing with your grandchild. God's peace. Dotsi Morgan Hoffman

23: Mrs. Glenham, You are so deserving of this and I am so happy for you! Best wishes! Love, Torrie

24: Kathy, You have this charisma that brightens up my spirits. You are wise beyond your years and that is pretty wise! You funny and so kind. I am not sure you know how much I will miss you. You have been there for me since my first day of teaching and how do I do it without you? You are such a dedicated, exemplary and stellar person, yet very humble, open and honest. You have taught me so much and really shown me what it is like to be compassionate and loving. We have shared much joy and laughter, sorrow and tears. You are a true friend, a true sister. | As you retire there is a void in my heart that nobody else can fulfill. I know I am a better person because of you. I wish every one in their life time could experience the friendship we share. I wish I had more time for another conversation in our office or another trip down the hall in a rolling chair. I wish I could capture every hug and laughter and never let go. You have made me the teacher, the person, the mother I am today and I hope I make you as proud as you make me. I am forever grateful. Love you! Emily

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