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Community remembers Friends of Library president

Potluck gathering to be held Jan. 29
By: Martha Garcia, Colfax Record Editor
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The Friends of the Colfax Library lost one of its members, and the Colfax area a friend, when Irene Pollock-Lee died Dec. 15 after a brief illness. Pollock-Lee, and her husband, Hank Lee, came to Northern California from the Bay Area in 2002 and embraced foothills life. “She and her husband were such strong supporters of business in Colfax,” said Pauline Nevins, an FOL member and travel mate with Pollock-Lee and others last year to their native country of England, as well as Italy. Lee said he and his wife had been visiting in Dutch Flat for about 35 years. “When it came time to retire 13 years ago, we started looking. We finally decided the Colfax area was really where we wanted to be,” Lee said. The couple built a home in Cape Horn on the edge of a canyon and the American River. They made a point from the beginning, he said, to support local businesses. “There isn’t a better place to be, as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “They’re the most wonderful people, loving, supportive.” According to Nevins, Pollock-Lee was happy working behind the scenes. “That was her personality, very efficient. She worked for 50 years as a legal secretary; she’s extremely organized and capable,” Nevins said. Though not inclined to be in the forefront, last year Pollock-Lee was coaxed into becoming president of the Friends of the Library. Heidi Johnson has temporarily taken over as the Colfax FOL president, Nevins said. Though a relative newcomer to the Colfax area, Pollock-Lee got to know many locals, Nevins said, because she was “friendly to anyone because she was so sweet and kind.” A gathering to celebrate the life of Pollock-Lee begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Sierra Vista Community Center, 55 School St., in Colfax. For more information about the potluck affair, contact Sharon Gieras at 346-2218. – Martha Garcia