McKesson to be honored for 30 years of service at Community Day Care

By Greg Miller

STAR STAFF
gmiller@starhq.com

  
Tanzy McKesson has achieved her 30th year of service to the children of Community Day Care and Learning Center, 2105 S. Hills Drive.
   McKesson's co-workers will honor her with a reception at First Christian Church's fellowship hall on Saturday from 1-3 p.m.
   "Anyone who has been a student of or worked with 'Ms. Tiny' over the past 30 years is invited to attend," said Janie Peters, co-administrator of the facility.
   Peters says that McKesson, who works with the infants and toddlers, "has the patience of Job. I've never seen anybody with this much patience in my life."
   Peters, who notes that McKesson "sings to the children all the time," says McKesson has changed many diapers during her years at the facility. "She always said, 'If I had a dollar for every diaper I've changed, I'd be a millionaire,'" Peters recalled.
   McKesson, who began working at the facility on April 24, 1972, is an active member of Phillippi Baptist Church. She teaches Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. "She's active in everything," Peters said. "She's in the missionaries. She's in the choir. She never misses a choir practice. And she never misses a Wednesday night prayer service. She's real dedicated in everything she does. She's a remarkable lady. I've never seen anything like it."
   "She is one of the faithful," said the Rev. Timothy Watterson, the pastor of Phillippi Baptist Church. "She consistently supports the church with her time, talents and gifts. She's a real quiet lady. She has a real quiet spirit about her, and she's dependable and consistent. Sometimes you don't even know she is there. She is a wonderful person, a wonderful Christian lady."
   An Elizabethton High School graduate, McKesson completed a course through the Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance. She took the course at Northeast State Technical Community College. She is a member of the National Association for Education of Young Children.
   "She's always bettering herself and wanting to learn more," Peters said. "She's always willing to go and learn more to better herself and the children."
   McKesson and her husband, Harry, have one son, Vico, and one daughter, Latoya "Toy."
   For more information about the reception, call Peters at 543-5900.