Mary Vir­ginia Car­roll gets big birth­day ride

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

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.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

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.

PHOTOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

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.

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