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About Grace Ford, Emeritus Board member

          Grace Aline Carter was born to Gertie and William Earl Carter in Jefferson County on April 12, 1933. She graduated with the last class of all girls at Louisville's Shawnee High School in 1950. Following that she attended Georgetown College of Kentucky, met, married, and later divorced Norbert G. Taylor. Their three sons are Gary, Kenneth, and Ron.

          Grace married Joe Ford in 2000 and then in 2005 convinced Joe that there was

a place for the Joe Ford Library in the community. Under her direction, JFL now

continues at Joe Ford Nature Center within the Joe Ford Nature Park.



Left: Grace Ford admires a Monarch Butterfly that was tagged and released at JFNC's 10th Anniversary Celebration on September 26, 2015.

Photo taken by Larry Bidwell

Bottom: Grace kisses Joe's cheek at his 89th Birthday Celebration.

Photo by Kristin Allen

Grace Carter Ford's career in education spanned 47 years, as

  • A teacher at
    • Sacramento High School (1959-1960)
    • Snyder Elementary School (1960-1969)
    • Apollo Junior High School (1969-1971)
    • Burns Middle School (1971-1973)
  • A counselor at
    • Apollo High School (1973-1989)
  • An instructor/teacher at
    • Owensboro Junior College of Business (1990-2000)
  • CATS Coordinator at
    • McLean County High School (1996-2006)

She also served as

  • President of Daviess County Education Association (1974-1975)
  • President of Daviess County/Owensboro Retired Association (1997-1998)