As she approaches 100, Margaret “Peggy” Lloyd can look back on her many lives.

She grew up in Atlantic City, where her family kept a horse next to their Harrisburg Avenue home. It was for her dyslexic brother, Louis “Sonny” Essington, who never learned to read but became an expert rider.

At Trenton State College, she got her teaching degree in spite of the Great Depression, which wiped out the bank that held her savings. She found free housing in exchange for cooking and cleaning, she said.

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She taught school and skiing while living in Franconia, N.H., with husband Paul O’Neill, whom she met at Atlantic City High School. During World War II, when O’Neill was in the South Pacific, Lloyd was recruited by the USO to teach skiing to soldiers in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. She ended up as USO director there.

“Women were really needed. All the male ski instructors joined the Mountain Troops,” she said.

After the war she became Miss America’s chaperone, traveling the world with 12 different pageant winners. Then she came home and volunteered with nonprofits, becoming president of Charity League and of Travelers’ Aid, located in the Atlantic City train station.

She and second husband John Lloyd moved from Margate to Ocean City in 1977, to be closer to the Ocean City Fine Arts League, where she volunteers and paints.

Through it all her brother, who died in 2009, was her main concern, she said. Lloyd is particularly interested in helping dyslexic children learn to read. She also supports an Ocean City program to help disadvantaged children learn to swim.

Lloyd will be honored as a 2013 Woman of Distinction by the Atlantic County branch of the American Association of University Women, at a luncheon March 16 at Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield. For more information, call 609-641-1986.

Society elects Robinson chief

Corinne Robinson, director of patient satisfaction/patient advocate at Cape Regional Medical Center, has been elected president of the New Jersey Society for Healthcare Consumer Advocacy.

Robinson received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Villanova University and her master’s degree in health services administration from Saint Joseph’s College.

Barnegat author at Fla. forum

Barnegat Township’s Kate MacHugh, who wrote “Ugly: The Story of a Bullied Girl,” recently spoke at the 2013 National Conference on Bullying in Orlando, Fla. Her book is available for the Kindle, Nook and on iTunes.

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