Viona Mae Hader

Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan called her a “force of nature.” It is an apt description of Vi Hader, who served on the Historical Commission from 1985 until December 2011. After her death in March 2012 at the age of 93, Vi was designated an honoree in the 2012 Jefferson County Hall of Fame.

Her service to the Golden community and Jefferson County includes her roles in establishing the Foothills Art Center, local humane society (now Foothills Animal Shelter), and as a founding member of the Golden Landmarks Association. The latter organization designated her a “Living Landmark.”

“She was just a teeny-tiny lady and was barely 5 feet tall, if that, and she always had this little braid at the back of her head. It was the signature hairdo that was quintessentially Vi. For most of my life, it didn’t matter where you were or what you were doing, but she was there and right in the middle of it too — it wasn’t like she stood around on the sidelines and watched; I don’t think she ever did that.”   —Marcie Miller, Golden City Council

“She was very dependable and a neat little gal to work with. If she had something to say, it was always something very, very profound.”   —Rita Peterson

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