Carla Peedin was recently recognized for her contribution of both time and talents to the Jo Story Senior Center as volunteer of the quarter.
Carla was born and educated in Greenville and after graduating from ECU and marriage in 1976, moved to Roanoke Rapids in 1980.
While her husband Doug Peedin was building his dental office, Carla was employed at the former Halifax Memorial Hospital and then worked with her husband when he set up his office. An advocate for the elderly and those in need, she also worked for the Mental Health Center as a Registered Records Administrator and acted as a consultant for many area nursing homes. Although she is now retired, she continues to play an active role in both her community and church.
She is a member of the Chancel Choir and Signature Devotion Ministry at Rosemary United Methodist Church. “Carla is one who chooses to remain in the background but is pivotal to the success of our Senior Center,” the center said. “When she sees a need, she quickly and effectively responds and helps solve it.
“Knowing that many seniors are in need of food, she regularly brings food and supplies to our food closet. She can be found in our exercise room at 3 p.m. and is quick to react when a person is in need or overdoing their exercise. Her warm and pleasant attitude are welcoming to all who visit us.”
Doug and Carla are the parents of three adult children — Philip and his wife Leslie Bone Peedin and their daughter Samantha of Farmville, Melissa and her husband Jonathan Price of Raleigh and Emily and husband Donovan Patterson of Durham. “She is committed to her family and receives great pleasure in their growth and successes and enjoyed attending all of their athletic events.”
The Peedins love going to their beach residence in Stella and walking Piper, their 1-year-old chocolate lab mix.
She is an avid reader and sports fan and enjoys working out and being with both old and new friends.
“She did not realize that the age for attendance at the center was only 55 and says that the community is fortunate to have it available to seniors. We are fortunate to have volunteers like her,” the center said.