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(KYTX) - She's 81-years-old and the picture of health. She doesn't own a car, so she walks everywhere she goes.

In fact, she walks about a mile everyday to a job she doesn't get paid to do.

In a special segment we're calling "Good News", CBS 19's Anthony Austin introduces us to this special woman who is making a difference in her community one step at a time.

 "I use to get so angry, because I had to walk everywhere I went. Mama would keep saying you need to learn to drive," said Vera Sherman.

She never learned and she's glad she didn't. Vera Sherman believes every step she takes adds another year to her life.

"I'm able to go to the doctor now for checkups and he'll say I'll see you in 6 months, if you don't have any problems," said Sherman.

I thought I was going to walk a few blocks with Vera. But before I knew it, we were in downtown Jacksonville.

"I come here in the morning to take a little break," explained Sherman.

Vera always stops at this donut shop to get her morning coffee. I sat down with her to catch my breath and get to know her a little better.

"I was the oldest of 11 children, so everybody worked," said Sherman.

 

For most of her life, Vera worked as a waitress. She did any honest job that would put food on the table for her five kids.

She even took a shot at working in a lumberyard.

"After the second day, I got to thinking. I'd go home I have saw dust around my waistband, all in my clothes, in my hair, in my eyes," said Sherman.

That job didn't last too long. But as soon as Vera was done with her coffee, we walked to her new job that she just can't quit.

"Good Morning, you're awake. How are you this morning?" smiled Sherman as she walked in.

She doesn't receive a dime for what she does here at Bonner Street Plaza in Jacksonville.

She goes from room to room in this nursing home giving compliments, even joking with some of her favorite residents.

Vera has been coming here for about a year now.

"It has done a lot for me. It added to my life. It was really what I was looking for," said Sherman.

And Vera is what this nursing home was looking for.

"There is nothing I can give that would ever give back what she has given us here...nothing," said Peaches Clayborne.

Peaches Clayborne is the activities director. She said she can always depend on Vera.

"Your word is your bond and Ms.Sherman lives by that," said Sherman.

She has lived a long life devoted to helping others.

 "To me that's how you treat people, we're taught to treat people like how you want to be treated," explained Sherman.

A caring heart, a selfless woman who's walking shoes can never be filled.

"I plan to live to be 100. That's my plan or well beyond. Still be doing some of the things I'm doing now," laughed Sherman.

 

 

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