Surprise, Scarlett!

EASTMAN,GEORGIA: If you were to look up the definition online of what a ‘good neighbor’ is, then you would find a picture of Scarlett Driggers, age 49, beside the words, ‘nice’, ‘approachable,’ ‘personable’ and ‘dependable.’

Anyone who knows her would attest to that. All you would have to do is ask some of her employers and coworkers at the school.

Scarlett has been married to her husband, Mark, for 30 years this summer, and is the mom to Miranda, and grandmother of 1.5 – Miranda and her husband are expecting their second child this summer. Her joys come from her family, being GiGi to Tatum, her granddaughter, her job as a school counselor at North Dodge Elementary School, and mostly important, from being a part of her church, Bay Springs in Eastman. Scarlett is also currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

As this story was being prepared, it was decided to be a surprise for Scarlett. See, she is pretty humble, and is one of those rare gems who really doesn’t like being the center of attention.

Cindy Screws, principal of North Dodge Elementary, said this of Scarlett. “Scarlett is the most loving and giving person … She gives to not only the students of North Dodge Elementary, but to the parents and staff. She never tells you no. One way or another she will meet your need, and the students adore her. Everybody loves and adores Scarlett Driggers.”

Miranda, Scarlett’s daughter, said, “My mom is an angel sent from above. She goes above and beyond for those in need. She doesn’t care who you are or where you come from… she will put you before herself,” Miranda said. “She has faced many trials and tribulations; currently battling breast cancer without any complaining, with a smile on her face, and still continues to think of others before herself…she is superwoman.”

“To know this woman, is to love her. I am forever thankful, and blessed that God did not only place this woman in my life…but He made her my mama. Mama, I’ll love you forever,” Miranda said.

Angie Parker said, “Mrs. Scarlett is always willing to help others even if she is busy with her own work! She is very respected and we love her so much.”

An email came from Mary Rogers. Mary said, “Scarlett is one of the godliest,sweet,and loving people that I have ever met. Regardless of what trials and tribulations she is facing herself, she always has a kind word and prayer for everyone. She always puts others before herself.”

And to Scarlett, Ms. Mary said, “I love you, Scarlett, and pray for a speedy and complete healing.”

Niesha Young added, “I have seen Scarlett go beyond her job duties … in providing care for our children. She has came and sat in our room to comfort them during sickness.”

Niesha left a message to Scarlett, “Continue to hold fast of your faith. You have been a great inspiration to me. God can do anything but fail! Remember the race isn’t given to the swift, but the one who endures to the end.”

“Scarlett is an amazing person.! She is a God-fearing woman that even during personal trials never ceases to show compassion and love to others,” Michelle Kilgore commented, and added, “She has made a tremendous impact on my life, as well as multiple others.”

Valeria White described Scarlett as “humble, kind and compassionate! She never meets a stranger, and always willing to help anyone in need.”

“I have known Scarlett, and her husband Mark, for several years because I went to high school with both of them,” Angela Hardy said. “I am currently teaching second grade with their daughter, Miranda Stewart, who is also a great teacher and person, just like her parents!”

Angela continued, “Scarlett works at our school and is such an inspiration to me as well as many others at our school and around our town. She always has a smile on her face, even on her bad days.”

“She always tries to help others and give words of encouragement for them and puts her own needs to the side. We love her and appreciate all that she does for North Dodge Elementary!”

Angela said of Scarlett’s current issues with cancer. “We are in this fight with her in battling this horrible disease with cancer! She is one courageous woman, and I love her dearly.”

Jamie Johnson stated, “Scarlett has always been the one that I can go to when I’m having a bad day. She always encourages me by sharing kind words, crying with me, or praying for me.”

“No matter what she’s been through she always has a smile on her face. She has such a big heart for the students at NDES,” Jamie said, and added, “She will go above and beyond for all of them. She will forever hold a special place in my heart.”

Beverly McCranie said, “There is no way I could ever tell you how much Scarlett means to my family and me. We have watched our sweet daughters grow up to be mothers. Now, I can’t wait for us to make sweet memories with our grand babies.”

“Scarlett is such an amazing person. Her life reflects the faith she has in God,” Lorie Cadwell said.

Amanda Ray, Amanda Dupree, Michele Miller, Michelle Kilgore, and Taunya Burch sent the following information. It was an image of the Bible verse, 1 Thessalonians 5:11 that someone shared on Facebook five years ago, and they felt that it just fit Scarlett and her personality. It read, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

Maura Anderson said, “She has touched the lives of so many, including myself. I have been blessed to be an ‘adopted’ member of their family.”

Maura continued, “She has touched the lives of so many, including myself. I have been blessed to be an ‘adopted’ member of their family for the last 15 years when Miranda and I became best friends.”

“From sneaking me Big Macs, helping to mend broken hearts, and to now her fight with breast cancer, she has taught me so many things. However, the biggest lesson I have learned from her is how to love others, no matter who they are, as well as to always choose joy. I love her, and I am so thankful to have you in my life,” Maura said.

Maura summed everyone’s thinkings about Scarlett as a good neighbor up. “She is a shining example of God’s love.”

And that is most certainly a good neighbor.

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Author: rlhwrites

Curator of prose and such.

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