Rector Christmas Parade Monday
Long-time Rector teacher and business owner Lura Temerian has been selected as the 2014 Rector Christmas Parade Grand Marshal, much to the delight of her many friends, former students and customers.
A 1949 graduate of Rector High School, Temerian continued her studies at Arkansas State University before moving north with her husband, the late Paul Temerian, and taking graduate courses at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich. Temerian, 83, taught at Oak Park in Michigan before returning home to Rector where she taught third grade and reading until her retirement in 1996.
She opened The Corner Bookstore in Rector in 1997, sharing her lifetime love of reading with others through a large collection of books of all kinds. With a welcoming smile and a warm, caring personality, she has greeted new customers and old friends alike from behind the counter of her store, located at 812 South Main St. For a time, she operated a separate gift and antique store, but has consolidated both shops into one, creating an atmosphere of winder and intrigue for those visiting the store. At one time, the site belonged to her grandparents, the Wrights, so the purchase of the shop many years later served to bring things full-circle, returning it to the family. The Corner Bookstore is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday.
Temerian says she was taken by surprise when asked to serve as Grand Marshal.
"I couldn't believe it," she said. "I can't believe that they did this. It's made me feel so wonderful. It's truly an honor to be the Grand Marshal of the Christmas Parade in my hometown."
Temerian is excited to take part in the annual parade, and will be joined by her nieces Kelly Parks and Lindsay Carter and their children.
Through her many years teaching in Rector, and Paul's years as football coach of the Cougars, Temerian has formed close bonds with many of her former students and former football players.
"It's just a wonderful experience to be able to see my former students," she said. "I can't tell you how much it touches my heart to see them and know they've become great citizens and are adding to our community. I'm so proud of them."