2014 My Fair Lady Court Announced

June 6, 2014 – Columbia River People’s Utility District has announced the members of the 2014 My Fair Lady Court.

This year’s My Fair Lady Princesses, shown from left: Rachel Kelley, representing Rainier; Katharine Denckla, representing Vernonia; Donna Worley, representing Scappoose; Barbra Bynoe, representing St. Helens; and Charleen Pruett, representing Clatskanie.

Rachel Kelley, Representing Rainier

Rachel was born and raised in Morrisville, Vermont, moving to Columbia County in 2005. Rachel and her husband of 34 years have raised 6 children together and have provided a loving home for 100 or more foster children. The dedication and caring Rachel has given to her foster children earned her and her husband Foster Parents of the Year in 1995.

In addition to spending time with her family, including 5 grand children and one great grandchild on the way, Rachel enjoys gardening, camping, ATV riding, and needle crafts. Some of her most treasured memories are family gatherings, watching the children and grandchildren grow and of course – marrying her husband.

Katharine Denckla, Representing Vernonia

Katharine was born in Seattle, Washington, and moved to Columbia County in 1979. Katharine is very busy volunteering with Columbia 911 Communication District, spending time with her 7 children, 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. After losing her husband of 43 years Katharine is fortunate to have met a lovely, funny and caring man to be part of her life.

When not busy volunteering and spending time with family Katharine likes to read, camp, travel bike and garden. Although, Katharine is ready to trade gardening in on a new hobby!

Donna Worley, Representing Scappoose

Donna was born and raised in Salem, Oregon, and moved to Columbia County in 1981. Donna was a very busy wife and mother, raising three children, working as a Tupperware Consultant, and taking classes to complete her college degree. After 44 years of school Donna is proud to say she is a Washington State University graduate.

Donna stays busy with nine grandchildren, volunteering to teach Sunday School for the Catholic Church, and volunteering at the Scappoose Food Bank. Donna was also a volunteer Ombudsman for Columbia County. Her hobbies also include quilting and reading.

Barbra Bynoe, Representing St. Helens

Barbra was born in Portland, Oregon and raised in Seattle, Washington moving to Columbia County in 2007. Barbra is married and has two sons and two grandsons. Although Barbra has held several jobs she finds the most joy and fulfillment in volunteering. Barbra has taught Sunday School for the last 30 years and currently volunteers at Top Notch Senior Thrift Store.

When she is not volunteering Barbra enjoys puzzles, traveling and being with her family. Her most treasured memories include the birth of her sons and when her grandson says “I love you.”

Charleen Pruett, Representing Clatskanie

Charleen was born and raised in Salt Lake City. After completing her nursing degree, Charleen had opportunity to live in Texas and South Korea as an Army nurse, settling in Columbia County in 1991. As a busy mother of three, Charleen balanced raising her family with caring for the health needs of those in her community.

Charleen has a long history of volunteering; currently she volunteers for her church, the Public Health Foundation, Medical Reserve Corp of Columbia County and Kiwanis Club of Clatskanie. When she is not volunteering Charleen’s interests include photography, crocheting, gardening, reading and buying and selling on E-bay.

About the My Fair Lady Pageant

The My Fair Lady Pageant is held during the Columbia County Fair each year to recognize senior women for their outstanding service in our community. The PUD, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Columbia River Fire and Rescue and Northwest Apparel are co-sponsors of this year’s pageant.