Mary Virginia Carroll gets big birthday ride
SECRETARY — Mary Virginia Carroll of Secretary received the ride of a lifetime Sunday, Aug. 28.
Born on Aug. 28, 1914, Carroll received a ride in a police car for her 102nd birthday day that was arranged by Dorchester County Sheriff James Phillips. Carroll made the request on her 101st birthday party last year, and Phillips granted her wish.
Before family, friends and local officials Sunday, Carroll walked out of her home on Main Street, the home she was born in, and entered
the front seat of Dorchester Sheriff Deputy Randy Lewis’ patrol car. Lewis then took Carroll for a tour of her town with the lights flashing. Th patrol car took Carroll by the Town of Secretary sign, which displayed a 102nd happy birthday message to Carroll.
“They have made me feel like a special person,” Carroll said. “It is very nice of them to take the time to do this for me. I really appreciate it. I just wanted to say I rode in a police car. I had a lot of fun today. I really felt honored to have all this.”
Phillips said he has known Carroll for the better part of his life.
“I grew up in East New Market, and as a boy back and forth in Secretary, everyone knew Mary Virginia Carroll,” he said. “She is an extraordinary person. She is very outgoing, people oriented. She has a lot of insight in what is right and wrong. She is a nice person to talk to.
“She is absolutely probably one of the best historians for this geographic area,” he said. “Her memory is so sharp that she can recall so many things. When I have questions about pictures or past events, I come to her to find out more information.
“We are proud to be able to grant her this wish,” he said. “Dorchester County is a great place because of people like Mary Virginia Carroll. We wish her a great birthday and many, many more.”
Sen. Addie Eckardt, R37-Mid-Shore, and John Handley, a special assistant to Comptroller Peter Franchot, also joined Carroll on her birthday and presented her certificates of recognition.
Eckardt said Carroll is an outstanding person who always gives back to the community.
Handley also presented the Carroll with the Comptroller’s Gold Coin, for “Marylanders who make a difference.” Franchot hands out the coins to continue the tradition begun many years ago under the late Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein.
Carroll celebrated her birthday with many family members Saturday. She has three children, three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.
“This is a special day.,” said Carroll’s daughter Phyllis Murphy. “To know people care in the community that much is a special feeling. Thank you to the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office for making today possible, and all the people who have been by to wish my mother a happy birthday.”
Dorchester County Sheriff James Phillips, left, and Deputy Randy Lewis, right, open the patrol car door for Secretary resident Mary Virginia Carroll who asked for a ride in the police car ride as a gift for her 102nd birthday Sunday, Aug. 28.
Secretary resident Mary Virginia Carroll, sitting, receives certificates and a visit from Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore, Dorchester County Sheriff James Phillips and John Handley, a special assistant to Comptroller Peter Franchot, on her 102nd birthday Sunday, Aug. 28.
Secretary resident Mary Virginia Carroll turned 102 years old Sunday, Aug. 28, and toured her hometown in a Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office patrol car.