On Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, the community lost a friend, leader, organizer and adored love one—Emilie Reedy after fighting a short illness.
Emilie Marie Dersch was born on May 8, 1929 to Fred and Melva Dersch in Bald Hills area, western Shasta County. Eventually her family settle in Palo Cedro and Emilie graduated from Anderson High School in 1946. Upon graduation, she went to work for the Shasta County Recorder’s Office until 1948, at which time she went to work for Land Title Company in Redding, where she learned title searching and remained for five years. Emilie met and married Edward Reedy on June 12, 1949. In 1954, Emilie went back to the Assessor’s office drafting maps. In 1957, she took a job with North Valley Title Co. as head of the escrow department that started her career in the Title and Escrow Industry, where she remained until retirement in 2010.
Emilie is survived by her sister Jean Harp of Anderson, and Hattie Dersch of Honolulu, Hawaii; son Lawrence Reedy (Pat) of Portland, Oregon and daughter Sandra Benoit (Bill) of Palo Cedro; grandchildren Travis Benoit (Rowena) of Virginia, Traci Baseley (Gunnar) of Palo Cedro, and Andrea Gorman (Dave) of Portland; great-grandchildren Kendall, Morgan, Mason, Jacob, and Aiden; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her husband of 52 years, Edward, parents Fred and Melva Dersch, and brothers George and Jim Dersch.
Emilie was involved in many community organizations. Millville Theta Rho Girls (1943) then initiated into the Millville Rebekahs (1948-); Soroptimist International of Redding (1960-) president (1968-69), Regional Governor four years, Mardi Gras coordinator, committee chairman Pioneer Luncheon, helped establish Secret Witness program (1986); YMCA Board President (1977-78 & 1989-90); Redding Chamber of Commerce Board (1983-90); Palo Cedro Community Park Board (2001-);
Honey Bee Festival Chairman (COUNTLESS).
Emilie received recognitions as Chamber Business Woman of the Year (1980 & 1990); Virgil Covington Award (1983); Chamber Volunteer (1993); and Citizen of the Year (2002); Grand Marshal for Rodeo Parade (1994); Women’s Club Business Professional Citizen of the Year (2002); and Soroptimist Lifetime Achievement Award(2008).
Emilie’s involvements included in the Parent Teacher Association, Shasta Junior College Advisory Board-Business Education Division, Economic Development Corporation-PIC Task Force, SHARE, Women in Business, Forward Redding Foundation and her dedication towards the development of the Palo Cedro Community Park.
Her dedication to the betterment for this community and the empowering of youth programs was her passion. Emilie always stood behind a quote and one of her favorites was “To be a good leader you have to be a good delegator, because that puts everybody to work in the community.”
A celebration of life will be held for Emilie at Bishop Quinn Community Center, Palo Cedro, 10:00 a.m. on Oct. 29, 2016.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to these organizations would be appreciated: Palo Cedro Community Park, Millville Rebekah Lodge Scholarship Fund, and Soroptimist International Redding Scholarship Fund.