(Extensions of Remarks - February 15, 2017)

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[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 27 (Wednesday, February 15, 2017)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E200]
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                           HON. DOUG COLLINS

                               of georgia

                    in the house of representatives

                      Wednesday, February 15, 2017

  Mr. COLLINS of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Ed and 
Mary George Poss, who will be celebrating 71 happy years of marriage on 
March 20th of this year.
  The couple met one another in third grade, but didn't have the chance 
to go on their first date until Ed asked Mary George out seven years 
later. Ed was a typical class clown, and Mary George was a Grade A 
student who was admired for being dedicated to her studies. The two 
didn't want much to do with each other during elementary and junior 
high school, but Ed continuously admired Mary George's beautiful 
  After the two graduated high school, they decided to get married and 
begin a life together. As the two entered their freshman year of 
college as an engaged couple, it became clear that Mary George's father 
wasn't quite ready to let his little girl go. He tried to offer her 
gifts to postpone the wedding, but she insisted that Ed was the one for 
her and married him only 10 days after her eighteenth birthday.
  Since then, Mr. and Mrs. Poss have maintained their commitment over 
many years and long distances. Mary George stayed close to home to 
attend the University of Georgia while Ed played football at Auburn 
University. Ed later enlisted in the United States Navy, and moved from 
Virginia to San Diego, California to carry out his duties. Throughout 
the seasons spent in various homes from coast to coast, they have 
raised two children, both of whom live in Rabun County.
  Together, Ed and Mary George have presented their children and our 
community of northeast Georgia with an enduring example of commitment 
and trust. May we all look to Mr. and Mrs. Poss for an example of the 
joy that comes from a life of love and service to another.