Henrietta Hay Day

From the Better Late Than Never Department:

April 24 was officially Henrietta Hay Day in the state of Colorado, recognized by gubernatorial proclamation on the occasion of her 100th birthday.

Somehow, this slipped past us, but Henrietta’s friends at the Commons of Hilltop, as assisted living center in Grand Junction, were eager to make sure Henrietta’s moment didn’t go unobserved by the newspaper that shared her wit and wisdom with readers for more than 22 years.

We published a column by Henrietta (“Celebrating a Century of Living”) on our Sunday op-ed page April 20, but wanted to share the proclamation, for it nicely summarizes Henrietta’s life and her impact on our community.

Here’s the full text:

WHEREAS, Henrietta Hay was born April 24, 1914 to residents of Rocky Ford; Colorado, and

WHEREAS, Henrietta graduated from the University of Colorado in 1934, having earned a varsity letter in women’s athletics which was finally recognized and awarded to her in 2002; and

WHEREAS, Henrietta has been a resident of Grand Junction since 1945 and has been active in community activities since that time; and

WHEREAS, Henrietta has enjoyed a distinguished career in broadcasting in the 1940s and 1960s and as a librarian for the Mesa County Public Library for more than 25 years, finally retiring in the 2000’s having earned several prestigious awards; and

WHEREAS Henrietta was one of the founders of the Western Slope chapter of the National Organization for Women in the 1970s and has been active on behalf of women’s rights her enter life; and

WHEREAS, Henrietta was an extremely popular columnist for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel from 1988 to 2010, helping entertain and inform the residents of the Western Slope: and

WHEREAS, Henrietta is celebrating her 100th birthday, surrounded by her family, friends and the entire Western Slope community;

Therefore, I, John W. Hickenlooper, Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim April 24, 2014, HENRIETTA HAY DAY in the State of Colorado.


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