LaGrange Woman’s Club honors woman of the year

Steena Hymes

May 9, 2014

The LaGrange Woman’s Club Woman of the Year was chosen at Thursday’s end of the year luncheon hosted at Bellevue. Sue Ellen Andrew was voted as this year’s Woman of Year. Andrew was presented the honor by last year’s winner Jane Stephens.

“It’s just a real honor,” Andrews said. “This is the most fun I’ve had in a long time. I love Bellevue and I love you all.”

Stephens presented Andrew with the silver bowl, which is passed down from every woman and year honoree year after year.

The woman of the year award is presented each year to the club member who has rendered the most outstanding and significant service to the club and has demonstrated loyalty to the interest of the ideals and activities of the club.

“She has worked tirelessly for Bellevue. I’m sure she could not count the hours she has spent,” Stephens said.

Andrew is a life-long resident of LaGrange, though did not join The LaGrange Woman’s Club until three years ago. She is currently the Bellevue Trustee.

At the start of the meeting, the group took a moment to remember former resident host, Chris Boner, who died Wednesday night after falling ill. Boner served as resident host for eight years.

It was announced that Fred and Valerie Cardwell were appointed the new resident host and hostess of Bellevue, taking over for Boner.

The Cardwells moved into the historic landmark Tuesday.

Both Fred and Valerie are retired and from LaGrange. Fred retired from Milliken and Valerie retired from the Department of Family and Children Services.

Valerie is the daughter of Faye Mock, a member of the LaGrange Woman’s Club.

“We’ve always loved this place, its a real honor to get to live in this much history,” Valerie said. “We look forward to taking care of Bellevue.”

Bellevue is the home of the LaGrange Woman’s Club, organized in 1908. The Club’s trust is responsible for preserving and maintaining the mansion which was gifted to them by the Fuller E. Callaway Foundation.