LIFE STORIES: Nursing teacher leaves legacy of passion after 45 years
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LIFE STORIES: Nursing teacher leaves legacy of passion after 45 years

Ann O'Sullivan traces her almost half-century career that has combined a passion for nursing and a love of teaching to a summer job she got by chance.

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LIFE STORIES: Music leads choir director back to church
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LIFE STORIES: Music leads choir director back to church

QUINCY -- Music led Mary Ellen Stiegemeier back to the church and helped her find herself after 30 years away. A native Iowan, Stiegemeier went to Parsons College, a small Presbyterian school in Fairfield, Iowa, in the 1960s, receiving her bachelor's degre

LIFE STORIES: Quincy man sacrifices as wife, sons battle Huntington's disease
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LIFE STORIES: Quincy man sacrifices as wife, sons battle Huntington's disease

Rich Bliven has endured immeasurable heartache over the past few decades watching his wife slowly fade away before his eyes. But if he had to do it over, he says he would choose the same life. Bliven's wife, Jennifer, has Huntington's disease. Both of their sons also have been diagnosed with the disease, a fatal degenerative condition that breaks down nerve cells in the brain.

LIFE STORIES: Artist learns forgiveness after life in foster system
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LIFE STORIES: Artist learns forgiveness after life in foster system

To save herself, Cathy Hayden first had to forgive her foster mother. Waitressing and working in a factory, Hayden was struggling to cope with life on her own, with the turbulence of her past - growing up in an orphanage and then the foster system.

LIFE STORIES: England native preserves Clark County's past
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LIFE STORIES: England native preserves Clark County's past

Jo Bryant preserves the history of her adopted homeland. The English native traces her passion for history to the home in which she was born - the bakery of a neighboring estate that had been built in 1625. She currently is curator of the Clark County Historical Museum.

LIFE STORIES: Air Force vet had a job to do
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LIFE STORIES: Air Force vet had a job to do

Every soldier has a story. Dick McKinney's is one told less frequently, often passed over for those of the battlefield. He never saw combat. His time in the United States Air Force was primarily administrative. "It's not all war games," McKinney said.

LIFE STORIES: Globetrotting government employee carries memories of past life
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LIFE STORIES: Globetrotting government employee carries memories of past life

The gold Egyptian ankh ring Jack Kent wears at all times is a reminder of the exciting decades he spent working for the federal government. It tells a secret story of foreign missions, a story few even know exists.

LIFE STORIES: Entrepreneur working to guide girls
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LIFE STORIES: Entrepreneur working to guide girls

April Azotea proudly displays the words "Daddy's little girl always" tattooed on her finger like a ring. The phrase -- inked on her right ring finger in Romanian -- is a reminder of the guidance and sacrifices her father, Rommy, made.

LIFE STORIES: Mother resilient after abuse, crack addiction and HIV diagnosis
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LIFE STORIES: Mother resilient after abuse, crack addiction and HIV diagnosis

Some dates never leave you. Some experiences are so painful or so joyous, that the moment they occur is instantly and forever etched in your memory. Tamara Mayfield's most painful date is June 13, 2003.

LIFE STORIES: Outsider finds her place as Ironman athlete, coach
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LIFE STORIES: Outsider finds her place as Ironman athlete, coach

Judy Bilbo has spent most of her life on the outside looking in. The daughter of a United States Air Force airman and a Thai woman, she walked the line between two cultures and was never able to put down roots as a child. Now an employee of Blessing Health System and an Ironman athlete, she coaches several Quincy area runners.