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Antique doll finds new home with POGA student

When Washington resident Cynthia Swarner was 6 years old, living in Newport, Pennsylvania, she saw a beautiful brown-skinned, ceramic doll in a store window during the Christmas holiday. Petitioning her parents, she was happy to find that same doll, which she named Susie, under the Christmas tree that year.

“My parents got it for me, and I have kept it for all these years,” Swarner said. “I am 82, so the doll is now 76 years old.”

Last week, more than seven decades after first making Swarner smile, Susie has found a new home with another little girl here in Washington. Last week, 9-year-old Purpose of God Annex student Chineda Fletcher took Susie as her own.

“It’s one of those things I didn’t want to throw away, I didn’t know who to give it to, so I’ve kept it all these years waiting for the right time,” Swarner said. “So I thought that this is where she belongs.”

Saying that her children wouldn’t be interested, she wanted to pass Susie on to a child who would enjoy her.

“I didn’t keep many things from that age,” Swarner laughed. “The only other thing I have is my Girl Scout uniform. It’s one of those things that mom never threw away.”