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Teacher dies minutes after finishing 36-year career -- Health

There are 111 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jun 1, 2008, titled Teacher dies minutes after finishing 36-year career -- Health. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

An elementary school teacher retiring after a 36-year career died of a heart attack moments after saying goodbye to her final class for the summer.

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“JMHO,although it's right!”

Since: Jun 07

Roswell,N.M.

#1 Jun 1, 2008
Man, what a sad story.
ETHEL MERMAN

United States

#2 Jun 1, 2008
WOW! That's rough. Sorry for her and sorry for her students.
Guido

Jacksonville, FL

#3 Jun 1, 2008
Sad.
Flower girl

Apopka, FL

#4 Jun 1, 2008
Let's all enjoy today...

while we can.
orlandodolphin

Orlando, FL

#5 Jun 1, 2008
Prayers to her friends family and students.
Virginia Dad

Sterling Heights, MI

#7 Jun 1, 2008
What a wonderful profession Ms Smith chose for her life's work. As an educator, especially of elementary school-age children, she certainly touched many lives for the better. In her career, she made a huge difference in the world. We should all remember that it's not what we take when we leave this world - it's what we leave behind. She's left a legacy and a gift that will flourish in the children she taught over her career. Thanks so much for sharing your time with us....may you now find eternal comfort in His arms.
Kate

Oviedo, FL

#8 Jun 1, 2008
I have always said to anyone that would listen that if you keep putting off taking those trips you always promised to make when you retired you wouldn't perhaps ever get to make them at all. More than one retiree where I worked and retired from died before they got to do a damned thing. Tragic. All that savings and planning and for zero, zip, nada. Go while you still can see, hear, walk, talk, enjoy and appreciate.
Life is Short

Pompano Beach, FL

#9 Jun 1, 2008
Take time to enjoy life while you can. This is not the dress rehearsal, this is it. Retire as early as you can afford to and enjoy what time you have.
My condolences to her family.
Jessica

Sanford, FL

#10 Jun 1, 2008
This is very sad. At least she was doing something she obviouslly enjoyed. 57 is just too young to die.
jwb

AOL

#11 Jun 1, 2008
wow..57 is so young.

my condolences to her friends, family and co-workers.
Stan Doffish

West Palm Beach, FL

#12 Jun 1, 2008
Life is Short wrote:
Take time to enjoy life while you can. This is not the dress rehearsal, this is it. Retire as early as you can afford to and enjoy what time you have.
It appears that is exactly what she was trying to do, and was rewarded with death anyway.
The lot of you making these ridiculous statements make me sick. What a vile collection you are.
So Sorry

Grand Rapids, MI

#13 Jun 1, 2008
I am very sadden for all her children,her students and Family.This is a rough situation,losing someone at such a young age.I lost my mom when she was 58,my heart goes out to her family.
Reverend Brown

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#14 Jun 1, 2008
She had the wind behind her back and go out in a blaze that's how you go out,in style.
Frank

Covington, LA

#16 Jun 1, 2008
That's freakin terrible! That's always a concern when you retire that you won't live to enjoy it. I'm retiring next year with 36 yrs and i'm 60, i'll be 61 when i retire and 1 yr from SS.
I don't want to die and not collect a penny from those bastards!
Frank

Covington, LA

#18 Jun 1, 2008
Enjoy your life to the fullest everyday cause the Grim Reaper has a nasty sense of Humuor.
People get a checkup every year before you retire.
And be carefull crossing the street.
Suzy Q

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#19 Jun 1, 2008
May she rest in peace.. she left a legacy. My condolences to her family and friends and past students. so young..
Coyote

Decatur, GA

#20 Jun 1, 2008
It sounds like she enjoyed her career, made a difference in many student's lives over the years.
What an inspiration.
To the naysayers encouraging early retirement. It's not everyone wants to do.
Being a part of the process, feeling needed, making a difference- this is what many people get up in the morning for.
Traveling may not be their dream.
If it IS something you dream about, take vacations and do it before you retire.

My condolences to this dedicated teacher's family and God rest her soul.
Petros

Covington, LA

#21 Jun 1, 2008
She died without one day of retirement and to enjoy the things we all work so hard for. Bieng a teacher is very difficult these days and stressfull.
I'm sure she would have loved to have been home enjoying the remainder of her life without kids driving her nuts.
She has peace at last,but unfortunately in the wrong place. I feel very sorry for this lady who had to put up with alot of crap bieng a teacher only to croak.
Space

Spokane, WA

#22 Jun 1, 2008
That is just so sad.... You work your butt off all your adult life to finally get that retirement and new beginning then you don't get it... I'm a fireman and have so many friends that shortly after they retired passed away.... I'm glad our state passed an earlier retirement age for employees with state pensions so we can enjoy a few years for what we worked for....
OurtownUSA

Anderson, SC

#23 Jun 1, 2008
Her job on earth was and done and she was called home. May she rest in Peace. www.ourtownreport.com

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