103-year-old Spring Green woman fulfills life-long goal

Posted Friday, April 10, 2015---2:10 p.m.

SPRING GREEN, Wis:---One hundred three-year-old Agrace HospiceCare patient Marie Hunt received her high school diploma Friday.

Marie Hunt is a life-long Spring Green resident. She said she had no way of getting to and from high school so she stayed home after 8th grade and helped raised her eight younger brothers and sisters.

She would have been a graduate of the River Valley High School's class of 1928.

Marie told her Agrace RN Debra Pfaff, "My biggest regret is not getting my high school diploma." Three of her siblings went to college, and she thinks she "might have been college material, too."

After hearing this, Debra immediately began to work with Marie's Agrace social worker, Laura Burden to plan this very special graduation celebration for Marie.

Dozens of Marie's friends and family members joined Marie at her home at the Meadows Assisted Living and Memory Care in Spring Green to watch Marie walk into the graduation ceremony. She wore a traditional cap and gown and received her River Valley High School diploma 87 years after classmates received theirs.

River Valley High School principal Kimbert Kauki, River Valley School Board President Kay Lynn Taylor and Superintendent Tom Wermuth gave Marie her honorary diploma.