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Celebrating 100 Years …

ellen carpenter

During my years as Mayor I was blessed to know and work with many outstanding individuals. At the top of my list of special individuals was Ellen T. Carpenter … a gracious and grand woman, an elegant and eloquent spokesperson, a warm and loving community spirit and a dear friend.

I will always remember how, without saying a word, she brought brightness and decency to a gathering. When she did “say a word” it was strong, confident, meaningful and full of wisdom. I’ll never forget her voice … a voice that was clear, articulate, dignified and moving. A voice that rings as clearly in my ears today as it did years ago. With that voice and her sheer presence, she could teach, congratulate, educate, admonish and deliver a point like very few.

Today, her family celebrates what would be her 100th Birthday … I join with her family, friends and so many others who have been touched by her life in saying … Happy Birthday Ellen T. Carpenter.

May your voice continue to be heard and your example continue to motivate for generations to come.

Jim Dailey

P.S. I must add this: I’m convinced there something very special about people named “Ellen”. That was my mom’s name as well. In addition, both my mom and Ms. Carpenter were…


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