Wiregrass Woman Does Not Allow Physical Disabilities Disable Her Determination

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DOTHAN -- Eve Cole was born without arms in 1957, but from that day forward, she never let her physical limits stop her from living a full life.

With her husband, she raised two children and helped raise five grandchildren. Her children said she taught them the basics, without any assistance.

"She taught me to wash dishes, she taught me to fold clothes," Josh Cole, her son, said. "She taught me how to sweep."

Another major accomplishment in Cole's life is coming to a close at the end of the school year. She has worked at the Fort Rucker School Age Center for 20 years. She answers phones, types and writes, just to name a few highlights.

Her supervisor said it is a blessing to have her on the team.

"She's great for the children," Child, Youth and School Services Coordinator Pam Williams said. "I think it's wonderful for them to see a "differently-abled" person."

Cole said she made the decision to retire in order to spend more time with her family.

Her grandchildren said they have learned valuable lessons from her.

"She's taught me that everybody is special in their own way," Lanah Brewer, Cole's granddaughter, said. "You have to treat them how you want to be treated."