The 2019 My Fair Lady Tea Court is now in place and preparing for the next Columbia County Fair.
The Court assembled for a tea on May 22, at the St. Helens First Lutheran Church. The 2018 My Fair lady Court attended, along with friends and family of the new princesses, members of the RSVP Advisory Council, the Columbia County Commissioners, the fire chief, and the My Fair Lady Committee.
As a new addition this year, the court enjoyed a makeover at Scandalous Hair Salon prior to the tea, and Jenny Hicks served the ladies snacks while they received their choice of services ranging from hair styles, manicures, and pedicures. Denise Tardif and Cindy Becker, Independent Mary Kay Consultants, were also on hand to provide facials and makeup to the princesses.
At the tea, the hall was beautifully decorated to make the volunteers feel special. The princesses received their crowns and sashes at the tea, were entertained with a slide show of pictures from past courts, and ate delicious food prepared by the Daughters of the British Empire, a local organization that caters the event as a fundraiser.
The My Fair Lady Pageant is held during the Columbia County Fair each year to recognize senior women for their outstanding service in their community. This year celebrates the 31st annual My Fair Lady Pageant. The pageant is sponsored this year by Teevin Bros. Land & Timber Co. and Avamere and coordinated by Columbia County Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, and Columbia River Fire & Rescue. The public is encouraged to attend and watch the My Fair Lady pageant at 1 p.m. on July 17 at the fair.
My Fair Lady Tea Court 2019
Donna Baker, Scappoose
Born and raised in Bonesteel, SD, Donna was the second oldest of 7 children. 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! She’s widowed, having been married for 46 ½ years. Donna has 3 daughters, and 2 sons, 6 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. Her most treasured memory was marrying her husband, and the birth of her 5 children. She’s worked as a wife and mother, and also in customer service for Tektonix for 30 years.
She spent 13 years volunteering in adult foster homes and nursing homes reading and visiting with people who had no family from 1990 - 2003. Donna eventually moved to Scappoose in 2016 where she said people are more friendly, and that’s why she fully enjoys her volunteer work at the Scappoose Senior and Community Center and hopes to be there a long time. Since 2017, she has opened the center every day, greets everyone that comes in, and helps at lunch time. In her spare time, Donna enjoys gardening, interior decorating, and cross-stitching baby blankets.
Patti Younts, Clatskanie
Born in Portland, OR Patti was raised in the Beaverton/Hillsboro area, and graduated from Sunset High. She moved to Columbia County in 2014. Patti is widowed, and the mother of 1 son and 1 daughter, and has 5 grandchildren. She worked as a caseworker for the State of Oregon with Senior & Disabled Services for 30 years. Now, Patti enjoys volunteering and giving back to the community. She said she really enjoys getting out and being busy volunteering for the Oregon Food Bank at Turning Point in Clatskanie, and for the senior center in the past. During Halloween & Christmas, she really enjoys decorating, and admits she goes a little crazy! She fills her yard with lights, blow-ups, and misc. figurines & other decorations. She says she really enjoys it and turns everything on for the kids when they go buy on the school bus. She also likes to garden and grows lots of flowers, and vegetables; then donates all her pumpkins and veggies to the Turning Point Food Bank. She has 2 dogs she spends her time with – a 136 lb Lab, and a 10-pound rat terrier (she’s the boss). Her most treasured memories are when both her children were born.
Kathy Bauska, St. Helens
Kathy was born in Spokane, and raised in Dayton, WA. She lived in Ione and Boardman, OR before moving to Columbia County in 2000. She graduated from Dayton High School and went on to Central Washington College and Clover Park Technical. Married for 36 years, Kathy and her husband have 1 son, and 1 daughter. Her work history was primarily as a chemistry and lab technician, and now she likes to help make her community a better place to live. That’s why she’s the board member and coordinator for Community Meals which has served meals to 110,000 people.
She’s very proud of that achievement, and the volunteers that help her. She also is a member in Eclectic Tomes Book Club, PEO, First Lutheran Church, and the St Helens Booster Club. Kathy has always been active in her community and received the Citizen of the Year award in 1991 in Boardman, OR, and then again in St. Helens in 2009. Her interests include history, reading, birdwatching, and listening to music, and going to plays. Her most treasured memories are the births of her two children.
Judy Brown, Rainier
Judy was born and raised in Kearney, NE. She then lived in Idaho for a few years before coming to Columbia County where she’s lived for 48 years. Judy is widowed, having been married for 20 years, and has 1 son, 1 grandchild, and 3 great-grandchildren. Judy worked for many years at Riverview Restaurant, Toppers, J & R Sales, and NW Title Loans. Now, she likes to help the elderly, and help where she’s needed at the Rainier Senior Center for the last 15 years doing Meals on Wheels, driving seniors to the doctor, and helping them with buying groceries, etc.
She also volunteers for the Eagles. She enjoys playing cards, especially pinochle and Hand & Foot, and listening to music. You can also find her singing karaoke at the Eagles, and the Past Time. Judy also like to stay home and spends a lot of time working in her yard. Her most treasured memories are going crabbing, clamming, and fishing with her husband, and cooking dinners for family and friends.
Deloris Bellingham, Vernonia
Born in Roseburg, and raised in Redmond, Deloris lived in several cities in Oregon before settling in Columbia County in 1981. Deloris is widowed, having been married for 34 years. She has 2 children, 5 stepchildren, 15 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. She worked at the Cornet Variety Store from 1958-1977 as a clerk/manager, and at St. Johns Camera and One Hour Photo stores.
She has been volunteering for 5 decades, starting as a Cub Scout Den Mother in 1965, and then the St. Johns Development Org. in 1974. Deloris volunteered for the Columbia County Fair Board from 2004-2015, and for the Vernonia Ridge Riders since 1994. Her most treasured memory was watching her son and daughter win state championships in their respective sports and both being inducted into the PIL Hall of Fame. Deloris loves animals, especially cats, dogs, and horses, and breeding horses. She enjoys sports on TV, and watching boys and girls sporting events.