Margaret Thome Bekema, recently received her high school diploma 80 years after she was forced to drop out in order to help her family.
School administrators from Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids presented her with the diploma at the Yorkshire and Stonebridge Manor senior community in Walker.

97-year old Bekema would have graduated with the Class of 1936, but she left during her junior year to care for her three younger siblings because her mother was ill with cancer.

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