Suda Merriman in what she sees as her natural environment - gardening. This photo was taken in 2005 when she was working with a community gardening project for at risk youth.
Working hard in life has its perks. Being presented with a lifetime achievement award is one of them.
Suda Merriman, 64, was honored with such an award from the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce during the Price City Council meeting on March 24 for her three decades of service to the city and the youth in the community.
Merriman, a native of Bangkok, Thailand, started working with Price City in 1980 and became a full-time employee three years later.
She was responsible for the flower pots in downtown Price, the city parks and provided the plants near city hall as well. In 2002, she was named employee of the year for Price City in 2002.
After growing up poor in Thailand, Merriman quickly learned that hard work can take a person far in life.
"I learned to never give up, keep fighting and work very hard," Merriman said. "And the United States gave me an opportunity in my life."
Mayor Joe Piccolo said he was glad to award someone like Merriman for her hard work and contribution to helping out with youth in the community.
"It's a privilege and an honor to award someone like Suda," Piccolo said. "It's great to be associated with people of that caliber and to see her be honored for her work with the community."
While Merriman is now officially retired, she doesn't plan to stop working. She is looking to continue spending time helping out with the youth here in Carbon County and would also like to go back to Thailand and help out there as well.
She wants to help provide the children in Thailand with basic supplies of clothing, school supplies and even building restrooms.
"Helping out the youth is what I would like to do for the rest of my life," Merriman said. "They are the future of the world. I want to show them that if you work hard and be honest, you can make it in life. I'm living proof of this."
Even though Merriman no longer works for the city, she is willing to help out whenever possible.
"I'll always be there for the city regardless if they need me or not," Merriman laughed.