MANCHESTER, New Hampshire. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A 100-year-old New Hampshire woman received an honorary high school diploma last week after dropping out of school to take care of her brother during the Great Depression. Josephine Sad had to leave Central High School at just 14 years old.
"I was the oldest one, my mother was working and she had no one to take care of him," Sad said.
Her family lost their house in Derry after her father lost his job. Her mother needed to work to support the family leaving her to care for her brother.
One of Sad's best friends, Terry Seavey, thought it was time for her to finally receive her diploma after Sad turned 100 in September. Seavey reached out to Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig and with her and Manchester School District Superintendent Gillis's help, Sad was presented with her diploma on September 27 at Manchester City Hall.
"I said we gotta do something, so then last Tuesday she was honored," Seavey said.
Sad served two years in the army during World War II in the Women's Army Corp. She then went on to marry and became a mother.
"I felt very very proud, that's the best thing that's happened, like I say she is one of my best friends," Sad said.