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Georgia Rose Feldman Duggins

OWENSBORO, Ky. - Georgia Rose Feldman Duggins, an Owensboro native born January 27, 1920, passed away in Georgia of natural causes on May 6, 2013. She was the daughter of Mary and Balthazar Feldman, and the oldest daughter of eight children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John "Peck" Duggins, who passed away in 1996 and is survived by her two children, Tom Duggins of Charlotte, NC and Sheila Kennedy Payne of Marietta, GA. She is also survived by her granddaughters, Stephanie Maro and Christie Schomer, both of Georgia; four great-grandchildren and multiple nieces and nephews.

During WWII, she helped the war effort by being a "Rosie the Riveter" in Evansville, IN while her husband served in the African and Italian campaigns. She had a 30-year career as a licensed general lines insurance agent in the 50's, 60's and 70's and was elected President of the Ohio Valley Insurance Women in 1979. Georgia moved to the Atlanta area in the 1980's and became actively involved in senior citizen issues for 20+ years. Her accomplishments included Chair of the Governor's Aging Services Task Force, President of the North DeKalb Senior Center and DeKalb Community Council of Clubs, member of the Georgia Elder Fraud and Abuse Task Force, and received the Older Advocate of the Year Award by the Southern Gerontological Society in 1992.

She returned to KY for a short time and was appointed by Senator Wendell Ford to be the KY representative at the 4th annual meeting of the National Silver Haired Congress in Washington, and then worked to get a Silver Haired Legislature established in KY. Upon her return to Georgia, she continued to be a voice for seniors through the political advocacy of the Georgia Silver Haired Legislature, where she was elected Speaker of the House for 5 years.

Georgia credited her long life to a one-a-day vitamin, a banana a day, and always having a goal to achieve.

Services are 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at the Chapel of James H. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory in Owensboro, KY. Burial is in Elmwood Cemetery in Owensboro. Visitation is from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

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