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She Was a Golf Ambassador for the Rose Festival

I was honored to be born to Edwin George Hesse and Geraldine Thompson Hesse at Emanuel Hospital in beautiful Portland, Oregon on July 27, 1943. I later became a Rose Festival Golf Ambassador.

When I was five years old I rode my tricycle in the Junior Parade, representing Woodbury's and Company, and decorated by company employees. My father worked for Woodbury and Company of Portland, Oregon for nearly 50 years!

When I was eitht or nine years old, I was a baton twirler in the Rose Festival for Kellogg grade school. I still have pictures of the baton twirlers and the tricycle somewhere among all my photos.

My Mother took part during Rose Festival marching with The DAR (Daughter of The American Revolutions) in the Grand Floral Parade.

Then we moved to Beaverton, Oregon and my Beaverton Job's Daughters group decorated floats every year from 1956 through 1961. My father, Edwin George Hesse (a WW II veteran) is still living, 94 years young! He's now in Tucson, Arizona. He used to own and run the Hesse Farms in Beaverton, Oregon. My Mother is buried at Riverview Abbey with all the wonderful old Portland, Oregon families.

I loved the Grand Floral Parade then and still do, even though I now live in Las Vegas. At present I'm up on the Longbeach Peninsula for a couple of months. I married Kenneth C. Strait, Sr., a World War II veteran who fought with General Patton and used to march in many parades.

Congratulations! 100 years, WOW! Thanks to the Rose Festival for these memories. God bless you all with continued success and a wonderful parade. We will be trying to attend this one.

~Beverly (Bev) Ann Strait (Hesse-Locke-Kostelnock-McCallister-Strait), former Golf Ambassador