Late Lioness honored for years of service

Charter member died before 30th year celebration
By: Martha Garcia, Colfax Record Editor
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It was a bittersweet night for the members of Gold Country Lioness Club. As they gathered Monday evening to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the service club, they also mourned the passing of one of the three charter members they had planned to honor that evening. Felice Longway passed away four days prior to the celebration, on April 19, at the Crystal Ridge Care Center in Grass Valley. Longway was honored posthumously at the event, along with charter members Jewell DeLapp and Foxey McCleary. DeLapp said Longway was the inspiration behind organizing the celebration, which was held at T.J.’s Roadhouse and drew 30 attendees. Current president Kathy Henry led the program, which included District Governor James Fong and Donner Region Chairman Donna Prinse, as well as members of the Colfax Lions Club, who sponsored the Gold Country Lioness Club. Also present were Lioness past presidents Sue Lizotte, Valerie Sussek, Barbara Noxon, Serene Owens and McCleary and DeLapp, another club members. DeLapp said “service and friendship” are the top benefits of being a Gold Country Lioness. It was through the club that she got to know and developed a close relationship with Longway, also a past president. “She was a very dear friend of mine … and we stayed friends for all these years,” she said. DeLapp said Longway, who reached her 92nd birthday in February, also served as a volunteer manager of the Sierra Vista Community Center for several years. “She was always into projects … getting us to do things for the community,” and the Sierra Vista Center, DeLapp said. Heading up the anniversary celebration was Lioness Brittany Wood, who said that some of the club’s ongoing projects during the last three decades have included downtown beautification, homebound senior citizen meal delivery, Salvation Army hygiene kits and winter coat drive. Recently, club community service projects have been contributing toward the remodeling of the bathrooms at the ball park, making a donation to replace the tile in the entry at the Sierra Vista Community Center, and donating toward the to July 3, 2012 fireworks fund. “We share in the Lions International efforts and we are dedicated to the youth of our community and well being and comfort of the less fortunate,” Woods said.