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  • In Recognition of the Community Service and Courage of Margaret ``Peggy Sue’’ O’Donnell

    by Representative Matt Cartwright

    Posted on 2013-03-04

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    CARTWRIGHT of pennsylvania in the house of representatives Monday, March 4, 2013 Mr. CARTWRIGHT. Mr. Speaker, this Friday, March 8, is the date of the official dinner of the Grand Marshal of the 16th Annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade, and today I rise to recognize the leadership and community service of this year's Parade Grand Marshal, Margaret ``Peggy Sue'' O'Donnell.

    Peggy Sue's first real job was in the microfilm department in the Carbon County Courthouse in Jim Thorpe, where she worked [[Page E234]] throughout high school and college. For the past 28 years, she has been a package car driver for United Parcel Service. She has received many citations for safe driving--quite a feat since she delivers packages to all of the businesses on Broadway and Race Streets in Jim Thorpe. As her customers (and their dogs) will attest, Peggy Sue is the face of UPS in Jim Thorpe, and her friendly and outgoing personality makes her an outstanding ambassador for her employer and profession in town.

    She is a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jim Thorpe. She is a charter member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Molly Maguire Division 1, Carbon County, and served as its president from 2008-2009. She has also held other volunteer positions in town and on the St. Patrick's Day Parade committee, including serving as an aide to 2003 Parade Grand Marshal John J. Mulligan.

    Her ``Fighting Irish spirit'' has helped carry her through a courageous bout with cancer. Diagnosed in July 2012, she feels it has been the continuous prayers and support of friends and family that has been the best and most important medicine. Her illness has brought together a community in a positive way that no one could have imagined. She may have lost her voice, but she has never lost her radiant spirit.

    Mr. Speaker, I send my highest congratulations to ``Peggy Sue'' O'Donnell on being named the Grand Marshal of this year's Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade, and my thoughts and prayers are with her on this day and always.


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