Community Celebrates The Life Of Corporal Margaret “Peggy” Smolarsky At Memorial Event

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LEONARDTOWN, Md — A celebration of life in honor of Peggy Smolarsky was held on Friday at the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department, and by the end of the event, the community widely recognized that Peggy had a true love for people and her career.

Peggy, who passed away on July 20, 21 to cancer, was born in March 1958, in Cheverly, Maryland, and grew up in Prince George’s County. Peggy began her career with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office in April 1999 as a deputy and retired after over 17 years of service in November 2016 to move with her husband of 38 years to South Carolina. Before joining the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Office, she served as a U.S. Capitol Police Officer for four years.

As people got to know Peggy more, they realized she was not your average female officer. She could assert her intelligence and assertiveness without making others around her feel like less than themselves. She genuinely cares for people outside of her career.

“It did not take long to realize Peggy was not your typical female officer. Peggy had a way about her. You did not feel less than or dumb really, anything other than appreciated and important,” Corporal Angela Delozier said. “One story I always tell is about being bedridden while pregnant with my middle son Jase. Things were not looking good for me and my baby Jase, and one evening totally unannounced, Peggy showed up with food for the family.”

Additionally, Peggy distinguished her career and served in several ways while at the Sheriff’s Office. She served as a patrol officer for three years and transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division in 2002.

Also, Peggy was a detective for three years, and she closed 275 criminal cases. In 2009, she became a Leonardtown Community Police Officer until she retired. During her time at the Sheriff's Office, she received many awards and accolades, including the CALEA Gold Standard Accreditation Award and two Sheriff’s Commendations.

Although Peggy had a brilliant career, people still may not remember all the cases she closed, but they will remember how she made them feel throughout it all.

“I do not know how many cases Peggy solved, tickets written or awards won. What I know is how she made me feel! I felt loved,” Delozier said. “She loved people, all people. She loved them, with their flaws and all. I do not know how she did it, but it seemed to come so easily.”

The celebration of Peggy’s life only stressed how impactful Peggy was to her community’s soul. People shared stories that would be hysterical, but the common theme was Peggy truly loved people.

“Peggy etched her name on many, many hearts, making the need for a tombstone obsolete! Folks that knew Peggy and were touched by her can keep her memory alive by paying it forward,” Delozier said. “The Love and patience Peggy gave to each of us, we can go out and give to each other. No expectation of a reward or them paying it back but true selfless love.”

Peggy believed in service to her community and to others, which is exemplified by her many selfless deeds and constant involvement in her church. Peggy and her husband went on many missions with their church in service to others.

Peggy's legacy lives on through her husband Ed and her three children, Stephanie, Jereme, and Sarah, and 10 grandchildren. One granddaughter preceded her in death.

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