Christine Sullivan Foster recently celebrated a milestone birthday doing one of her favorite things, being with the children at Dibrell Elementary
The 90-year-old is a substitute teacher at the school, and is affectionately called “Granny” by both students and faculty. In fact they had a birthday party celebration for her, complete with refreshments and a purple and gold decorated cake. Since this is the school’s colors, she chose to wear her purple pantsuit for the occasion.
The highlight of her day was visiting with students and receiving handmade birthday cards from them. In all, she received 500 well wishes from the group.
Christine is an active senior citizen who still drives herself wherever she needs to go, helps with her cows and tending to chores around the farm. She does receive help from two of her nephews in keeping the farm running.
“My late husband, Thomas, and I ran a 100-acre farm for many years, while I was a school teacher at Dibrell and other schools around the county,” said Christine.
Her parents are the late Loyd and Cleo Sullivan, with her father graduating from Dibrell College in 1922, with her graduating from the high school in 1945.
“I have an attachment to Dibrell School and the community,” said Christine. “I live in the house I was born in just down the road.”
She enjoys substituting because she feels it helps her stay active and keeps her mind filled with other things.
When asked if she uses a computer, her quick reply was, “I avoid them as much as possible.” But she does have a cellphone to use in an emergency.
The healthy and spunky lady attributes her long life to being in the genes, and just being ornery.
She has one son, Tommy Foster, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She enjoys attending church at Bluff Springs Church of Christ.