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Tribute To Vivia Motsinger

Sen. Harry Reid

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Mr. President, I rise today to honor a good friend, Vivia Motsinger, on the recent celebration of her 90th birthday. A longtime resident of Washington, DC, Vivia's 90 years may best be characterized by her incredible work ethic, as well as her undying devotion to public service.

Vivia Motsinger was born the daughter of a shipbuilder in Portsmouth, VA, on September 20, 1919. Years later, Vivia's father moved the family to our Nation's Capital in order to work in the construction of government buildings. She went to school at Roosevelt High, where she graduated in 1935 at the age of 16. Tragically, 2 years later her father died, making teenaged Vivia the only breadwinner in her family. Grateful to have the aid of Social Security to supplement her meager earning power, Vivia started out her career working hard to assist her mother and younger sister.

Vivia's professional career saw her begin as a clerk at a naval gun factory during WWII. Later, she found employment as a stenographer and an administrative assistant at the U.S. Department of State. Mrs. Motsinger's final position, before she retired, was that of a Foreign Service worker. She is very proud of the accomplishments that she has made and grateful for her years of service to the Federal Government.

Vivia has been blessed with a loving family. She married a remarkable husband, who worked as an officer for the Central Intelligence Agency, and raised a son who is now employed by NASA. She loves her church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and is proud to have become a member some 34 years ago. She has spent her years of retirement studying her heritage, a hobby which has driven her to become avidly involved with genealogy and research.

With her optimism and strong work ethic, Vivia represents the spirit of America. Despite challenging circumstances, she has achieved great things. I congratulate Vivia Motsinger on this her 90th birthday.