Peggy Parish of Manning, South Carolina (July 14, 1927 - November 19, 1988), was the author of the children's story series Amelia Bedelia. The series was continued, after her sudden death from an aneurysm, by her nephew Herman Parish. Peggy attended the University of South Carolina and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
Parish, an avid reader of many books, caused an international sensation with her famous series of young adult novellas, "Amelia Bedelia," gaining renown with her premiere work, "Amelia Bedelia." She became a household name by the time her final work, "Amelia Bedelia's Family Album", was published before her death.Herman honored Peggy's life in his book, Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia, by writing in its dedication: "For Peggy Parish, the real Amelia."