Four women have been named to the Blaine County Heritage Court, now in its 10th year of honoring women who have been an important part of the history and heritage of the region.
Each year, the court—a program of the Blaine County Historical Museum—asks community groups to name ladies to the court. The women named to the court are then honored in a coronation ceremony, which this year will be held at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 23. The public is invited.
This year’s honorees are:
Laren Price, who was named to the court by the Hailey Chamber of Commerce. She comes from a family with deep roots in the area. Her great-grandparents on both sides settled in the Wood River Valley in 1881 to work during the mining boom. Laren was born in Dr. Fox’s hospital in Hailey during World War II. With her husband Gary Price, Laren raised three children and has seven grandchildren. She is a lifelong member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Laren has kept books for the church and volunteers at the Thrift Shop.
Dolly Collier, who moved to the valley from California in the summer of 1968, after she and her husband Lynn sold their California land next to Disneyland and bought a ranch south of Bellevue, where they milked Jersey cows and raised chickens. Dolly, a masterful cake decorator, has been very active in the 4-H program, teaching cake decorating and cooking with dairy products. Her 4-H youngsters also raised beef cattle, dairy cows, chickens and sheep. Dolly and Lynn sold the ranch and moved to Bellevue for retirement. They were married for 64 years and raised four children. Dolly has 12 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She was named to the Heritage Court by the Bellevue Historical Society.
Mary Green, who was named to the court by the Carey Senior Connection. Mary is a lifelong resident of Blaine County and served as county clerk for 12 years. She has also been active on the Carey Cemetery board and the city’s Planning and Zoning board, where her experience as county clerk was put to good use. She was instrumental on the committee that worked to incorporate Carey as a city. Active in her church, she has served as president of the church’s Relief Society. Mary is an enthusiastic horsewoman.
Wendy Collins, who was chosen by the Ketchum-Sun Valley Historical Society. She is an interdenominational minister and animal enthusiast who has lived in the valley for 42 years. For several years she worked at the Sagebrush Therapeutic Riding Center north of Hailey, and at her home in Triumph she has her own two horses. Her visits to local schools with her miniature horse are part of the lore of the valley. Married to Billy Collins for 51 years, she raised two children. She is an on-call minister who leads services, mostly for memorials and weddings.
Founded by Laura Hall and Teddie Daley in 2004, the Heritage Court has celebrated the lives and accomplishments of 42 women so far. Hall died last year and the coronation ceremony on June 23 will include a tribute to her energy and inspiration.
The summer-long Heritage Court season begins in early June at an invitation-only tea hosted by the Ketchum-Sun Valley Historical Society. In addition, the ladies will ride in a horse-drawn carriage in the county’s four summer parades and be honored at a special lunch at the Hailey Senior Connection in July.