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Drive-by celebration marks Walnut Bottom woman's 100th birthday
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Drive-by celebration marks Walnut Bottom woman's 100th birthday

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100 Years Old

Margaret "Peg" Mellinger waves to passing well-wishers for her 100th birthday celebration on Sunday. Mellinger will turn 100 years old on Oct. 13.

Peg Mellinger of Walnut Bottom deserved a celebration for her 100th birthday so her daughters made it happen Sunday despite the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s a milestone you don’t reach every day and not everybody will,” said her daughter, Darlene Ziegler.

Mellinger, a religious woman who grew up on a farm, always wanted to take care of other people and had a giving and selfless nature, Ziegler said.

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For many years, Mellinger fostered children, including a boy who was mentally and physically challenged who stayed with her until he was old enough to move into a group home.

“She worries about everybody else. She wants everybody else to be safe, healthy and happy,” Ziegler said.

The coronavirus pandemic put a big celebration out of the question so Ziegler, her sister Carol Neil, and foster sister, Ruth Graver, organized the drive-by celebration at Mellinger's Walnut Bottom home and invited everyone from family to friends to members of her church and the community.

Mellinger also has two granddaughters, Kristin Ziegler and Bethany Woodward.

Email Tammie at tgitt@cumberlink.com. Follow her on Twitter @TammieGitt.

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