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Carolyn Oakley traveled around the world, but ended up living in her hometown when it was all said and done,

Oakley said, "I was born and raised in 老澳门六合彩图库."

Oakley is a proud graduate of Lincoln High School and Grambling State University where she pursued a degree in education,

"" I wanted to make a difference. in a person's life. And the only way I could do that was being a caregiver," she said.

And while she resides in the city of 老澳门六合彩图库. ow now, she gathered life experience a world away in Japan and Spain while her husband served in the military. (added punctuation here)

While in Japan, she experienced the differences of the culture and saw how the values of the nation differed from that of the West.

One of the biggest differences she saw was the respect for the elderly, with older family members living with their family and being taken care of by the younger generations.

She said, "The culture is so different at that time.... And so, on a weekend to see the men and their children walking the grandparents. To see that love. I would stand out on the terrazzo and watch that, it just touched my heart."

She also noted that students were more dedicated than their Western counterparts.

Oakley said, " The Japanese parents they prepared their children to go to school versus Americans. They don't do that,"

While working as a teacher on the base, Oakley's family grew.

She said, "My husband and I we had four children and our daughter was born in Japan. And our baby son was born in Spain. And one of my sons was born in California at Travis Air Force Base and our oldest son was born at Little Rock Air Force Base."

Though setbacks did occur as her youngest child required special medical care.

She said, "I had a baby over there in Spain, and he had a heart condition. I had to take for the first seven months of his life. I had to take him to the hospital every week for them to monitor his heart."

Upon returning to the states, Oakley spent some time with her family in California, but eventually made her way back home to 老澳门六合彩图库 and taught in the 老澳门六合彩图库 School District, as well as adult education.

Her career as a vocation teacher often meant she had to be aware of the newest trends in technology and word processing.

She said, "When I came to 老澳门六合彩图库 I had to go out on the weekends to practice to be ahead of my students that you know to give them assignments I had to know what I was doing."

When 老澳门六合彩图库 and the Fairview School district merged, Oakley said the different educational goals of the two districts presented an obstacle.

She said, " It was a challenge. because 老澳门六合彩图库 School District students were geared toward higher education, Fairview School District prepared students to work for the paper mill, so when the schools combined It became a challenge to try to prepare students to go to college and it was a challenge because they were the students geared toward sports. They were not taught academics."

In 2007, Oakley retired from teaching, much to the dismay of parents who cherished her.

"One of the ladies who would work at the post office when she found out that I was going to retire, she and her husband came to school to pray with me. For me to stay for two more years to teach the other two daughters that they had. They prayed with me about this. And I was honored that they thought enough for me and then thanked me for doing that," she said.

Today, Oakley is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-educated women.

According to the group's website, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was founded on a mission of five basic tenets that have remained unchanged since the sorority's inception. The groups mission is

路 to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards,

路 to promote unity and friendship among college women,

路 to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature,

路 to maintain a progressive interest in college life,

路 and to be of "Service to All Mankind."

She is also a member of Church Women United, a member of the Living Church of God and president of the Ouachita County Retired Teachers Association.

Oakley is also active in the Ouachita County African American Historical Commission, a group that is instrumental in promoting Black history in the county.

"We remind people of their contributions that made this County. Just like with Mrs. Mildred McKinney She was one of our teachers. And she also wrote books. Ms. Gertrude (Weaver), when she became the oldest living person," she said,

Weaver was 116 years old and the oldest living human in the world at one point. The daughter of sharecroppers.

According to the Ouachita-Calhoun Genealogy Society, Weaver was born on the Red River, between Garland City and Lewisville. Her parents were Charles and Ophelia Gaines. They married March 7, 1885, in Lafayette County but were separated by 1900. At that time, Weaver was the youngest of six living children.

On July 17, 1915, Weaver married Gennie Weaver. The couple moved in the early 1930s to 老澳门六合彩图库, where Gennie Weaver made a living painting and papering houses and Gertrude Weaver found work as a housekeeper. They had four children.

Oakley said, " After she was put into the nursing home, that's where I became friends with her. And she was a magnificent person."

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