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Women selected as 2019 My Fair Lady court hosted through RSVP Volunteer Program

COURTEY PHOTOS: DON CROSS - The five women who have been selected as the 2019 My Fair Lady Court were treated to makeovers before being honored at a tea and luncheon on May 22. Patti Younts, Judy Brown, Deloris Bellingham, Kathy Bauska and Donna Baker, pictured left to right, will take part in the My Fair Lady pageant during the Columbia County Fair in July. The pageant recognizes senior volunteers in the community.  The 2019 My Fair Lady Court was introduced and honored at several events earlier this month.

The senior women will take part in the 31st My Fair Lady Pageant at the Columbia County Fair this summer to recognize their outstanding service to the community.

On Wednesday, May 22, the 2019 court members along with their families were invited to attend a special afternoon tea with the 2018 My Fair Lady Court, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program council, Columbia County commissioners, the Scappoose Fire and Rescue and Columbia River Fire and Rescue fire chief, and the My Fair Lady committee.

Prior to the tea, the women were treated to hairstyling, manicures, pedicures, facials and makeup application, thanks to donations from Scandalous Hair Salon and two Mary Kay independent beauty consultants.

This year's My Fair Lady pageant will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, during the county fair. The event is sponsored by Teevin Bros. Land & Timber Co. and Avamere.

Meet the 2019 Court

  • Donna Baker, Scappoose
  • Donna Baker
Born and raised in Bonesteel, South Dakota, Baker is the second oldest of seven chil`dren.

    She grew up in a small community and enjoyed living on the farm. After she got married in 1955, she became a city girl; what a change! Baker was married for 46 and a half years before her husband died.

    She has three daughters, two sons, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

    Her most treasured memory was marrying her husband and the birth of her children.

    She's worked as a wife and mother, and also in customer service for Tektonix for 30 years.

    She spent 13 years, between 1990 and 2003, volunteering in adult foster homes and nursing homes, reading and visiting with people who had no family.

    Baker moved to Scappoose in 2016 where she said people are friendlier, which is why she enjoys her volunteer work at the Scappoose Senior and Community Center and hopes to be there a long time. Baker helps open the center every day, greets everyone who comes in, and helps at lunch time — tasks she has done since


    In her spare time, Baker enjoys gardening, interior decorating, and cross stitching baby blankets.

  • Patti Younts, Clatskanie
  • Patti YountsBorn in Portland, Younts was raised in the Beaverton/Hillsboro area and graduated from Sunset High School.

    She moved to Columbia County in 2014.

    Younts is widowed and the mother of a son and daughter. She has five grandchildren. She worked as a caseworker for the state of Oregon with Senior and Disabled Services for 30 years.

    Now, Younts enjoys volunteering and giving back to the community. Younts said she enjoys getting out and being busy by volunteering for the Oregon Food Bank at Turning Point in Clatskanie. She has also volunteered for the senior center.

    During Halloween and Christmas, she really enjoys decorating, and admits she goes a little crazy! She fills her yard with lights, blow-ups, figurines and other decorations. She says she really enjoys it and turns everything on for the kids when they go by on the school bus.

    Younts also likes to garden, growing lots of flowers, and vegetables. She donates all

    of her pumpkins and veggies

    to the Turning Point Food Bank.

    She has two dogs — a 136-pound lab and a 10-pound terrier — with which she spends her time.

  • Kathy Bauska, St. Helens
  • Kathy BauskaBauska was born in Spokane, Washington, and raised in Dayton, Washington.

    She lived in Boardman before moving to Columbia County in 2000. She graduated from Dayton High School and went to Central Washington College and Clover Park Technical.

    Married for 36 years, Bauska and her husband have a son and daughter. Bauska worked primarily as a chemistry and lab technician, and now likes to help make her community a better place to live.

    Bauska is a board member and coordinator for Community Meals, which has served meals to 110,000 people. Bauska said she is very proud of that achievement and the volunteers who help her.

    She also is a member in Eclectic Tomes Book Club, PEO, First Lutheran Church, and the St. Helens Booster Club. Bauska has always been active in her community and received the Citizen of the Year award in 1991 in Boardman, and then again in St. Helens in 2009.

    Her interests include history, reading, birdwatching, listening to music and going to plays.

  • Judy Brown, Rainier
  • Judy BrownBrown was born and raised in Kearney, Nebraska.

    She then lived in Idaho for a few years before coming to Columbia County, where she's lived for 48 years.

    Brown is widowed, having been married for 20 years. She has a son, a grandchild and three great-grandchildren.

    Brown worked for many years at Riverview Restaurant, Toppers, J & R Sales, and NW Title Loans.

    Now, Brown likes to help the elderly and where she's needed at the Rainier Senior Center. She also volunteers with Meals on Wheels, drives seniors to the doctor, and helps them with buying groceries and other tasks. She has been doing so for 15 years. Brown also volunteers for the Eagles Club.

    She enjoys playing cards, especially pinochle and Hand and Foot, and listening to music.

    You can also find her singing karaoke at the Eagles, and the Past Time.

    Brown also like to stay home and spends a lot of time working in her yard.

  • Deloris Bellingham, Vernonia
  • Deloris BellinghamBellingham was born in Roseburg and raised in Redmond.

    She lived in several cities in Oregon before settling in Columbia County in 1981.

    Bellingham is widowed, having been married for 34 years. She has two children, five stepchildren, 15 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

    She worked at the Cornet Variety Store from 1958 to 1977 as a clerk/manager, and at St. Johns Camera and One Hour Photo stores.

    She has been volunteering for five decades, starting as a Cub Scout Den Mother in 1965 and then the St. Johns Development Organization in 1974. Bellingham volunteered for the Columbia County Fair Board from 2004 to 2015 and has volunteered with the Vernonia Ridge Riders since 1994.

    Bellingham loves animals, especially cats, dogs and horses, and breeding horses. She enjoys sports on TV and watching youth sporting events.

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