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Oxnard Adult School marks 75 years of helping students

The woman is sewing.
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Linda Murguia works on her apron project during a sewing class at Oxnard Adult School. Murguia said the class has been a therapy for her in the three years she has attended. © Joseph A Garcia/VC Star

To say Oxnard Adult School students are loyal to their school and teachers would be an understatement.

Ruby Manning, 79, has been taking the school’s sewing class for the past five decades.

“Forty-nine or 50 years. I guess I’m too dumb to graduate,” said Manning, laughing, as she slid a rotary blade through fabric to make an Asian quilt.

In these five decades, Manning’s hands, aided by a trusty sewing machine, have made her daughter’s prom dress, wedding dress and suits fit for a law career. She recently completed her granddaughter’s prom dress. Almost everything Manning knows about needle and thread she learned from Evonne Peterson, who has taught sewing at Oxnard Adult School for 53 years.

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