CLINTON, Tenn. — Maxine Wilson, receptionist at The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Clinton, has fond memories of her ninth grade Clinton High School math teacher Geneva Rutherford. Today, the two women are reunited, but in different stages and roles in their lives.

Wilson now cares for Rutherford, who is the oldest resident at the Alzheimer’s memory care community. Every day, the former teacher is greeted by the name “Mrs. Rutherford” in Wilson’s sweet voice; a huge hug soon follows.

Wilson says the 102-year-old former educator, basketball coach and two-time Basketball Hall of Famer taught her one of life’s greatest lessons — how to be a caring person.

“Geneva was a caring, thoughtful and thorough teacher,” Wilson says. “We learned much more than math, but how to be kind to one another.”

Since Wilson joined the Morning Pointe team, she has put the compassion she learned into practice. This year, her efforts have made the grade, earning her Morning Pointe’s quarterly Exceeding Expectations award.

“Maxine is the epitome of hard work,” says Keisha Stooksbury, executive director at Morning Pointe. “She is always willing to step in and help in any way she can. It’s great for our residents to have a home filled with people who have a wonderful smile and caring heart like Maxine.”

But this is nothing new to Rutherford, whose lessons have come full circle at Morning Pointe, her wisdom reaching the rising generation of caregivers.

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