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A Mother's Grief: Claysburg Woman Loses Two Daughters to Addiction

'If you have a child that has problems, try everything you can ...'


April 11, 2019

Rick Boston

Peggy Miller of Claysburg holds a photo of her daughters Moe (bottom left) and Missy. Both women lost their battle with addiction.

Editor's Note: "A Mother's Grief," written by Herald Staff Writer Rick Boston, won Honorable Mention in the 2019 Professional Keystone Press Awards.

Peggy Miller of Claysburg exists in two places.

""Half of me lives in heaven, and the other half is here going through the motions," she said.

While her body is here on earth, Peggy said her heart is in heaven with two of her three daughters, Marlene "Moe" Holland, and Erma "Missy" Childers, both victims of a drug overdose.


Marlene Holland passed away on Aug. 26, 2004, of a heroin overdose. Known as Moe, she was just 31 years old, a mother...

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