UPDATE Florence Wager local parks trailblazer dies at 84

first_imgFlorence Wager, a beloved booster of local causes from parks and recreation to community health and classical music, died at home on Wednesday morning. She was 84. The cause was colon cancer.Wager was named Clark County’s First Citizen by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington in 2009. Friends and admirers called her Flossie, and said she was absolutely one of a kind.“She had an ability to get people focused on community like no one I’ve ever met,” said fellow parks booster Kelly Punteney.“In 30 years of public service, I’ve never seen anyone like her,” former Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation director David Judd said in 2009. “To put in that much time and intellect and devotion.”Wager’s activism was long and varied. She threw her support behind the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, the Vancouver Symphony and YWCA Clark County.But parks, recreation and green spaces were her greatest passion. When Wager was named First Citizen, the ceremony involved 35 members of the audience standing up — each holding the name of a local park that grew from Wager’s efforts — and four cyclists riding through the carpeted hotel ballroom, representing the many miles of hiking and biking trails that Wager inspired.last_img read more