This young woman has facile feet and a fighting heart.
She is Estelle Ayers, Buchanan, Va., who drank a toast here
yesterday in defiance of a fate which has deprived her of the use
of her hands since her birth 26 years ago.
She is visiting her sister, Mrs. Fanny Gordon, east Thirteenth
Estelle dresses, eats and performs all the normal everyday acts
uses her feet to teach handicraft.
She is supervisor of a National Youth Administration sewing
project at Buchanan. She shows the workers how to make dresses and
suits, knit, and crochet.
She was graduated from high school in 1933. In her school days she
taught in a private kindergarten. Before taking over the NYA
project she was supervisor of a similar Works Progress
She has hobbies, too. Her favorites are writing (long-hand or
typewriter), water-color painting, and drawing silhouettes of
Friends give her a great big hand, because her fighting heart has
proved she doesn't need hands at all.
Aug. 9, 1938
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