Peggy Wellington

Peggy Wellington is shown on May 16 at the entrance to the Infant & Toddler Wing newly named after her at the Mosaic Preschool & Education Center.

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Family and friends of Peggy Wellington gathered in the activity room of the Mosaic Preschool & Education Center on May 16 to dedicate the Infant & Toddler Wing in honor of Wellington and her family.

Wellington worked at the Kiddie Castle formerly owned by St. Francis Hospital before serving working families and caring for children in her home for more than 30 years, according to a St. Francis Foundation news release.

During the dedication ceremony, Lauren Lynch and Chloe Johnson, spoke about what it meant to be one of “Peggy’s Kids.” 

Both described her house as a “home away from home,” where home-cooked meals were served, holidays and birthdays were celebrated and, above all, children were loved.

A donation was made by family and friends to formally dedicate the wing in Wellington’s honor.

The wing currently serves 30 children from the community. Pradnya Patet, director of the preschool said children in the center are thriving in an environment that fosters learning.

“There is no better person than Peggy Wellington to look up to as we live our mission and look ahead to our vision of providing quality, affordable and accessible child care,” said Patet. “We are honored to have our infant toddler wing named after her. Thank you for your generosity.”

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