For three decades, not only did a Hope woman’s involvement in her community increase, but so did her impact.

“If you needed something done, you said, ‘Barb, let’s do it.’ And we did it,” said retired Flat Rock-Hawcreek Superintendent Glen Keller.

Barbara Thayer Johnson received two lengthy standing ovations Monday at a reception honoring her as The Republic’s 35th Woman of the Year at a Donner Center reception. More than 100 people attended to congratulate her.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.