An ageless love of God

Alberta Read

Alberta Read

Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 01:41 PM.

For youngsters at last week’s vacation Bible school at Eastpoint’s First Baptist Church, encountering the love of God may have been a first-ever thing.

For Alberta Read, it was the culmination of nearly a century of experience.

At age 99, Read was among the two dozen volunteers from Belleview Baptist Church near Ocala who, for the third consecutive year, traveled north to conduct the weeklong Bible school at the Eastpoint church.

With a smile on her face as stirring as a rainbow, Read clapped and shimmied and sang right along with the tots, encouraging them in their exploration of the week’s theme, to face their fears and to trust God.

“I’m helping them singing, whatever they are doing, just acting crazy with the kids,” said Read. “Whatever they do, I do.”

Read continues to live alone, as she has for nearly the last 50 years, ever since her husband Edgar died from a heart attack at age 53.

Read grew up in Pennsylvania, originally in a Methodist family, but later became a Baptist when “I accepted the Lord as my Savior.”

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