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Faith inspires woman to learn to read

Luvenia Washington reads a passage from her Bible at home. With the help of ABLE in Jefferson City, Luvenia learned to read so she could read religious writings.

Luvenia Washington reads a passage from her Bible at home. With the help of ABLE in Jefferson City, Luvenia learned to read so she could read religious writings. Photo by Julie Smith.

Words of Psalms 23 drifted through a living room on Knipp Drive. Ninety-three-year-old Luvenia Washington sat on a blue couch, a Bible open on her lap.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want,” Washington read aloud. When she finished, Marcia Ramatowski, sitting on a couch across the room, wiped tears from her eyes.

“Thank you for giving me back a little bit of my momma today,” Ramatowski said to Washington.

Washington learned to read in her 80s for the sole purpose of reading The Bible. She was a student at the Adult Basic Literacy Education Learning Center, ABLE, which Ramatowski’s mother, Amie Morrow, founded in 1985.

Morrow passed away in June 2010, but her legacy lives on through ABLE.

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