Kenmore City Council Honors Late Resident Priscilla Droge
Long-time Resident Recognized for Contributions to Kenmore
[TEXT REPRODUCED FROM CITY OF KENMORE EMAIL ANNOUNCEMENT, 10/28/2017]
Priscilla Ann Droge was honored at the October 16 City Council meeting for her efforts to spread the story of Kenmore. Priscilla and her late husband Leonard lived in the Uplake community for approximately 60 years. Ms. Droge passed away in June 2017 at the age of 94.
Ms. Droge had a passion for reading and writing history. At the age of 80, in conjunction with the Kenmore Heritage Society, she wrote a book called Kenmore By the Lake: a Community History, published in 2003. The book consisted of many articles of Kenmore she had collected over the years. The book won awards from the Washington Museum Association Excellence and the American Association for State and Local History. The book is available for purchase at Kenmore City Hall for $25.
“Ms. Droge will be missed,” said Mayor David Baker. “She told the story of Kenmore that she brought to life for many through her kind telling. Her contribution lives on in our hearts and memories.”
Ms. Droge volunteered at the Northshore and Kenmore Senior Centers for over 20 years and was given the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award in 2005.
In 2007, Ms. Droge started an annual Great Blue Heron colony viewing event at the north end of the Kenmore Park and Ride, followed by an Eastside Audubon slideshow presentation at the nearby fire station.
During her years living in Uplake, Ms. Droge was an active member of the Uplake Women’s Club and Uplake Neighborhood Association. She received the Uplake Distinguished Neighbor of the Year award in 2008.
In 2008, Ms. Droge was the recipient of a Kenmore Heritage Society’s McMaster Award for her contributions to the community, both as a historian and someone who has fostered fellowship among neighbors.
Priscilla Ann Droge was honored at the October 16 City Council meeting for her efforts to spread the story of Kenmore.Ms. Droge was a Kenmore honorary historian and the contribution of her work has manifested into tangible benefits for the community. The mural painted on the west wall of St. Vincent de Paul, one of the largest murals in the state of Washington, depicts many images from her book, and herself (bottom right corner).
Priscilla Droge contributed countless hours helping and improving the Kenmore community. We appreciate her dedication and love for the City of Kenmore. She will remain in Kenmore history, forever.