PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT)- Many people in Hazard are mourning the loss of Margaret Manchinni, also known as Miss Peggy.
She was born and raised as an orphan in New York, joining the military at a young age.
“She was very, very much the military person,” said her pastor Peter Youmans.
Manchinni served in the Korean War. She moved to Perry County in 1959.
“And she spent 60 years of her 91 years serving the Lord,” said one of her good friends, Paul Wegner.
She initially came to Hazard to work as a nurse at the old Home Place hospital.
“It was an outreach. It wasn't just taking care of bodies it was taking care of souls,” said Youmans.
Manchinni spent a lot of her time in Eastern Kentucky spreading her faith. She was known for working at Camp Nathanael in Knott County.
“We’ve lost a prayer warrior,” said Youmans.
Manchinni received many awards in 2019 for her military service, including recognition by Governor Matt Bevin.
“And now she has those rewards in heaven,” said Wegner.
Margaret “Peggy” Manchinni was 91 years old. Friends are in the process of making funeral arrangements.