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  • Happy 108Th Birthday, Miss Rose Rush

    by Representative H. Morgan Griffith

    Posted on 2013-02-14

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    GRIFFITH of virginia in the house of representatives Thursday, February 14, 2013 Mr. GRIFFITH of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I submit these remarks in honor of Miss Rose Rush of Clintwood, Virginia, who celebrated her 108th birthday on Thursday, February 7.

    Miss Rush was born in 1905 in the house her father built in Dickenson County, the very home she lives in today. She was valedictorian of her graduating class at Honaker High School, and attended the University of Virginia, Emory and Henry College, my alma mater, and she also attended Vanderbilt University so she could receive her teaching license.

    Miss Rush taught various subjects in different school systems in Virginia until her retirement. She didn't rest for long, though--the year after she ``retired,'' Miss Rush returned to the classroom as a substitute teacher.

    To this day, Miss Rush remains up to speed on current events and politics. I have been told Miss Rush is a huge fan of our political system, and that she particularly enjoys voting on the new voting machines.

    She has never been seriously ill or hospitalized, nor has she been married or had children. Some in Clintwood even say that's the secret to her longevity! Miss Rush has been approached from time to time for interviews or photos since she turned 100. The Coalfield Progress notes that she has refused them all, ``stating with a sense of humbleness that she has done nothing to receive recognition.'' Well, here's to Miss Rose Rush, and to her family, friends, and students in Virginia whose lives she changed. Happy 108th birthday, Miss Rush.

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