Poteau Daily News

The Coffee Cup patrons have seen my kids grow up

- Tammie Johnson

Happy Tuesday!

Many of you have watched my kids grow up over the last 15 years that The Coffee Cup has been open. Living in a small town, customers are more like family, and so it is with great pleasure that I introduce you to Melanie Wagner, Master of Arts of occupation­al therapy (OT) from the University of Oklahoma! My daughter Melanie is a first-generation graduate student, and I couldn’t be prouder.

Melanie, beyond your excellent mind, your athletic talent, your dedication to learning, your emotional balance and very mature wisdom, you possess more. You have a compassion­ate and pure heart. You have taken all of your many experience­s in life thus far, the tragedies and the triumphs alike, combined with your hard earned knowledge, talent and strength to do good for others. I do not know a more real, present young lady. You are the real deal, and I just love watching you thrive!

Melanie recently returned from Africa with a group of OT/PT (physical therapy) students and professors from OU-Tulsa for The Wheels Project. The group went to Kenya for two weeks doing wheelchair research and repairs with Bethany’s Kids and AT Catalyst.

While in Africa, Melanie went on a safari and also toured the Fairview Estate plantation, their processing facility, and had a coffee tasting at the end!

Melanie is a traveling occupation­al therapist, living with husband Chester Duggan — who just graduated from the United States Marine Corps.

Congratula­tions to both Melanie and Chester on their achievemen­ts!

Have a great week, and see you at The Cup.

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