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At 81, she's still a champ

August 05, 1998

Florence GossardBy SHEILA HOTCHKIN / Staff Writer

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer [enlarge]




SHARPSBURG - When two broken arms put 81-year-old Florence Gossard back into the Western Maryland Hospital Center three years ago, she began taking craft classes as a way to pass the time.

"I can't use my arms to lift anything, so it's the only thing I can do," she said. "It's right in front of me."

She proved a quick study. A copper rubbing she made of the Last Supper was named a grand champion in the Ag Expo's craft fair on Tuesday.

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Four generations of Gossards, a Hagerstown/Sharpsburg-based family, were on hand to watch her receive the award.

"We were all so tickled for her," said Cheryl Gossard, of Sharpsburg, who is married to Florence Gossard's grandson. "She was so happy. It's the first time she's ever done it."

Cheryl and Dwayne Gossard knew Florence Gossard had a collection of homemade crafts at the Pennsylvania Avenue chronic care hospital where she lives, so they picked up several to submit for the contest.

Another of Florence Gossard's entries, a ceramic lamb, took a first-place award.

She said she chooses her designs from a number of patterns offered in the classes held by the senior center.

"To think that I lived this long and got an award for something," said Florence Gossard.

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