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Retired Educator Portrays Former First Lady

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RICHLAND, Wash.--Eleanor Roosevelt passed away in 1962, but Thursday nights event proves her legacy carries on.

Close to 200 people got a chance to relive history with Jean Rice at the Clarion hotel in Richland.

Jean performed a monologue as Eleanor Roosevelt.

This retired 7th grade language arts teacher from Ohio says she loves talking about women in history.

Her goal Thursday night was for the audience to walk away with a better understanding of Eleanor.

This coming from a 79-year-old educator who can do without the spotlight.

"I'm really a shy woman, really, I'm very shy," claims Rice. When you portray somebody you can be anybody, anything that you want to. And you can sing and do things that you wouldn't (normally do) if you were your own self."

People attending the performance say it was success.

Aside from Eleanor, Jean portrays Florence Nightingale and doctor Mary Edwards Walker; the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor.

She'll now take those historical identities with her to a church in Canton, Ohio next week.