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Named lifetime Democrat

Staff reports

Alice Downer, longtime resident of Carson Valley, was recently made a lifetime member of the Carson City Democratic Women’s Club.

Downer has given more than 30 years of service to the Democratic Party of Nevada, according to chair Ada Roelke.

Downer received letters of commendation from Sen. Harry Reid, presented by his aide, Karen Denio, and from Sen. Richard Bryan, as presented by Janice Brown, executive director of the Nevada State Democratic Central Committee.

The recognition was a complete surprise to Downer, who said later, “I’m not very important. we all have a little part to play in the dance of life, don’t we? They were very dear to do that.”

In attendance were her sister, Gertrude Gottschalk of Carson City, and her children and grandson.

Downer was born 86 years ago in Lovelock, Nevada, to Peter and Martha Gottschalk. She finished high school in Lovelock and went to University of Nevada, earning a normal school degree as a teacher.

It was at the university that she met her husband Bob, an engineer. She taught for a time in Reno, in a school near Placerville, Calif., and in Woodfords, Calif. She was also active in the American Association of University Women.