A large number of family, friends and former co-workers of Lois Brown Dale had an opportunity to share their memories of one of Clermont County’s trail blazers during a memorial celebration of her life on what would have been her 92nd birthday, Thursday, Aug. 27. The celebration was held in the Lois Brown Dale Friendship Center which was named in her honor.
Dale was the founder of Clermont County Senior Services, bringing about change at the state level for counties to seek funding through tax levies for senior services. She was also instrumental in organizing the Clermont County Chapter of the League of Women Voters and helping to establish the public library system in the county.
Her friends, family and colleagues shared their stories with one another of how she impacted their lives.
"Lois told me that she did not want to be known as the executive director of Clermont County Senior Services because she was a worker," said Bob Proud, Clermont County Commissioner and former co-worker of Dale. "She is the one who suggested that I run for county commissioner. She saw quality in people that they didn't see in themselves."
Dale retired from Clermont County Senior Services in 1991 after serving as director for 22 years. She spent the last three years of her life living with her daughter, Karen Kelly, in Indian Hill. Her daughter said that her mother continued to write notes and send cards of encouragement to people even after she was no longer able to work.
Dale has left a legacy through her service to the community which will continue to impact future generations.