After 50 years, Columbus woman gets H.S. diploma

Mary Mahone Foster always wished she could have received her high school diploma.

In 1959, Foster had to drop out of Ruth Carter High School in Talbotton, Ga. to take care of her ailing stepfather. She was 16 years old.

Almost 50 years later, Foster finally got her wish.

Staffers from Foster's hospice care provider VistaCare surprised the 65-year-old Columbus resident today at her Ninth Street home with an honorary diploma from the Talbotton County high school, now known as Central High.

Columbus councilman Pops Barnes was also on hand to present her with a city proclamation declaring today "Mary Mahone Foster Day."

Foster, a VistaCare patient with emphysema, wiped away tears as Barnes read the proclamation.

"It just means the world," she said. "It means so much to me. God knows I just love it."

Read the rest of this story in Tuesday's Ledger-Enquirer.