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  • Honoring Williestine ``Peggy’’ Lark

    by Representative Bennie G. Thompson

    Posted on 2014-01-07

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    THOMPSON of mississippi in the house of representatives Tuesday, January 7, 2014 Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor a remarkable unsung hero, Mrs. Williestine ``Peggy'' Lark, a woman who is truly worthy of admiration.

    Mrs. Lark is a wife, a mother, a grandmother, an educator, a mentor, and a friend who exemplifies true womanhood through her virtuous lifestyle. She has dedicated her life to empowering the lives of her family and community.

    Mrs. Lark is the third of twelve children born in the small town of Monticello, MS. She has always desired to pursue a good education and become successful in life. After completing high school, she attended Mississippi Valley State University located in Itta Bena, MS. Mrs. Lark was the first in her family to graduate from college. After receiving her degree, she became a teacher in Durant Public Schools. In 1969, she married and started a family there in Durant, MS.

    While raising her children, Denise, Monica and LaRonica, Mrs. Lark instilled in them the value of being well-educated. She lived by example and continued to pursue her education as well. She received her Master's Degree in Education in 1979 and continued to further her education with degrees from both Jackson State University and Delta State University. Mrs. Lark was relentlessly involved in her daughters' education and committed to supporting them in their extracurricular activities. She also voluntarily took on mentoring children in her community as well as the students she taught. With her support and encouragement, many of her students have successful careers. Among them are her daughters--Denise, who is an elementary school principal and Monica, a high school teacher.

    In the year of 1995, Mrs. Lark lost her daughter, LaRonica to a car accident. Although this was a trying time for her, she thrived by sharing herself with the children in her community. Even through her daughter's death, she allowed her daughter to become an organ donor and donated her heart.

    Today, Mrs. Lark is active in her grandchildren's education and encourages them to volunteer in their schools and community. Her grandchildren are honor students--one of who has graduated from high school attends college on scholarship, with an ACT score of 25. Her grandson and two granddaughters volunteer every summer in programs for youth.

    Mrs. Lark is retired from teaching after 35 years in the Durant Public Schools system. She is presently the coordinator of the after- school tutorial program at the Community Students Learning Center in Lexington, MS, where she teaches and inspires children from her ``heart''. She can often be found voluntarily transporting community children to summer programs and activities throughout the community.

    In Mrs. Lark's personal time, she often opens up her home to mentor, tutor, feed, and reward children for their achievements. She is also a devoted Christian and Sunday school teacher. She loves to help children learn, be creative, and feel good about themselves.

    There is nothing more picturesque than the smile that Mrs. Lark wears for each child's accomplishments. She has the gift of making people feel good about themselves and finds the time to teach and inspire those around her, giving others the ability to wear that same smile that she wears everyday.

    Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing an unsung hero, Mrs. Williestine ``Peggy'' Lark, for her dedication to serving others.


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