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Auburn Senior Center hall dedicated to former vice president

By: Tricia Caspers of the Auburn Journal
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Auburn Senior Center 

Auburn Senior Center is located at 550 High Street. Ste. 107. For more information about its services and classes call 530-823-8172. 

Nancy Callaway was a bouncing ball of sunshine.

That’s how her friends describe her.

She was also fiercely passionate about the Auburn Senior Center. She felt it was important to have a place where people on a fixed income could gather together to dance, play bingo, share a laugh and break bread.

Callaway passed away suddenly on July 2, but her spirit will live on at the Senior Center, as members recently re-named the assembly hall and dedicated it in her honor. It is now known as Nancy Callaway Hall.

Callaway’s passion shined through in the 10 years of hard work she put into the center. She served on the board as vice president, treasurer and secretary. She represented the Senior Center on the Placer County Multi-generational Committee. She was instrumental in guiding the Senior Center’s move to its new downtown location, and she was always there to lend a hand at potluck luncheons, spaghetti bingo nights, fundraising activities, and a variety of classes.

In fact, she was volunteering at the center the day she met Jim Young, who stopped in for information about classes.

The two would become fast friends.

“She was a remarkable, extraordinary woman,” Young said. “She had a lot of compassion and concern for her community … and she wasn’t afraid to take the bull by the horns.”

Callaway, who moved to Auburn 35 years ago, was a dedicated parent to her four children and seven grandchildren, Young said.

She loved gardening, her pets, and watching “CSI.”

And she loved to dance at the Senior Center.

Recently, volunteers, friends and family gathered at the senior center to pay homage to Callaway. Many spoke of her willingness to give her time freely, the way she welcomed new members with open arms and a warm heart, said Barry Connick, executive director of the Senior Center.

“(Nancy) will be remembered always,” he said.

Reach reporter Tricia Caspers at triciar@goldcountrymedia.com