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Marge Gordon chosen as 2013 Pioneer Queen

Among the sparkling attributes Marge Gordon brought to the contest was a lifetime of service to her beloved Auburn community.

And on Thursday the distinguished Auburn senior added yet another community contribution to her resume — her future service as Pioneer Queen of the Auburn Days parade Aug. 9-11.

Shirley March, Queen of the 2012 parade, was there to place the crown on Gordon's head at the Auburn Senior Activity Center at 808 Ninth St. SE. Gordon's competition, Peggy Ice and Lydia Rivera, will serve as her court. Bob Johnson is the grand marshall.

Among Gordon's many community contributions are her seven years of organizing Auburn's National Day of Prayer and her service on the planning committee for activities for some 70 seniors at Northwest Family Church. She was also a registered nurse with the Auburn/King County Health Department.

Gordon and her husband, Darrel, are highly active with the local Republican Party, having worked actively on election campaigns for, among others, Mayor Pete Lewis and Us Congressman Dave Reichert. She has served as past chairman for the 31st District Republicans.

"I would like to be a servant queen," Gordon said. "If there's any way I could enhance what it is that Auburn businesses or the city of Auburn or the service clubs are called to do, that's what I'd like to do."

Her husband, she said has been milking the regal title for all it's worth.

"I've said with all this bowing and 'yes your highnessing' I hope it doesn't bother his neck," Gordon laughed. "And I've suggested that maybe he should walk three steps behind me. We're having a lot of fun with it."

Past Pioneer Queen Beverly Versolenko had this to say about the woman whose name she submitted for the royal honor.

"Marge is optimistic, funny, upbeat, articulate, inspirational, Godly, a published author, physically active and healthy ... good sense of humor, a vocal supporter of Auburn past, present and future. Her daughter and three grandchildren graduated from Auburn schools. She's an extrovert with leadership skills," Versolenko wrote.

Contestants had to be 75 years or older as of Dec. 31 2013, live in the Auburn community, presently active or having been active or volunteered in Auburn, be willing and able to promote Auburn Good Ol' Days by riding in local parades and be able to reign over the festival, among other requirements.

The selection process is two interviews by a panel of seven consisting of four past Pioneer Queens: March, Donnie Berry, Vickie Vallier and Gladys Paulus; Miss Auburn Victoria Knight; and two at-large community members.

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