On hand at the June 16 event were the 2019 My Fair Lady Court, along with friends and family of the new princesses.
On the 2021 My Fair Lady Court:
• Alice Long of Scappoose. Long was born and raised in Lexington, North Carolina. She attended school in Welcome, North Carolina. She moved to Columbia County in 1997 after also living in Florida and Washington. Long has been married for 24 years and has three children, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
• Renee Swartz of Clatskanie. Swartz was born and raised in Seattle. She graduated from Ballard High School. She moved to Columbia County 14 years ago. Swartz has two sons and one granddaughter. She volunteered for several years at the Clatskanie Senior Center, serving meals. She currently serves as a board member for the senior center and Friends of the Library.
• Roberta Leuer of St. Helens. Leuer was born and raised in St. Helens. She has seen a lot of this country, having lived in Washington, California, West Virginia, Minnesota, Arizona, New York and Mississippi. Leuer came back to live in Columbia County in 2012. Married for over 20 years, Leuer has two daughters, three sons, 14 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.
• Rosemary Scandale of Rainier. Scandale was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and was raised in Moscow, Pennsylvania. She moved on to Marywood College in Scranton where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Before moving to Columbia County in 1981, Scandale lived in Taos, New Mexico; Loveland, Colorado; and New York City. Scandale was employed at St. John's Hospital for 11 years in a patient team support role, and at hospice.
• Lynn Shaw-Hayes of Vernonia. Shaw-Hayes was born in Portland and went to school in Sherwood. Shaw-Hayes went on to Western Oregon University and graduated Grand Canyon University with a Masters Degree in teaching. Shaw-Hayes moved to Columbia County in 1983. Married for seven years, Shaw-Hayes has two daughters, one son and six grandchildren. She worked as an elementary teacher with Vernonia schools over 30 years.
Also attending the event were members of the RSVP Advisory Council, Columbia County commissioners and the My Fair Lady Committee.
"The hall was beautifully decorated to make the volunteers feel special," Columbia County RSVP stated in a news release.
At the event, the 2019 My Fair Lady Court presented the new princesses with their crowns and their sashes.
Don Cross took photos of the ladies and created a slide show of pictures from past courts.
Delicious food was prepared by the Daughters of the British Empire, a local organization that caters the event as a fundraiser.
The pageant is held during the Columbia County Fair each year to recognize senior women for their outstanding service to their community.
This year will be the 32nd annual My Fair Lady pageant and will be held at 1 p.m. July 14.
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