SIERRA VISTA — U.S. Representative Martha McSally this week visited 100-year-old Sierra Vista resident Pearl O’Neil to present her with a Congressional Certificate of Recognition for her many years of service to the community.

“What an honor it was to meet Pearl, someone who’s given so much of her time and talents to serve our community,”McSally said. “At 100 years old, she’s incredibly active and still giving back, sewing her ‘magic frogs’ to provide comfort to kids in often traumatic or scary experiences. She really is a model of selfless service, and it was inspiring simply to meet and spend time with her.”

O’Neil spent 17 years volunteering at Huachuca City schools and was one of three founding members of the Sierra Vista Area Gardeners’ Club. An avid gardener and seamstress, she knits stuffed frogs and donates them to the Fry Fire Department to be given to kids who have been in an accident or have to ride in an ambulance. The firemen have started calling them, “Pearl’s Magic Frogs.”

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