Chris Miller 

Chris Miller passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on April 7. 2022 with her husband Jerry by her side.  She had been fighting kidney/lung failure and had been on dialysis but decided to stop the treatment and go home. Jerry called a close friend and fellow Zontian and suggested she come visit Chris one last time.  She let Chris know all her Zonta sisters said hi and she was very grateful.

Chris was an active member of the Zonta Clubs in Florida, Santa Clarita, and Las Vegas.  She was President of the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita in 2008-09 and 2012-13.  Chris served on the Zonta board for many years and also founded and as an avid golfer, she chaired the clubs annual golf tournament for several years. Chris was also an active member of Assistance League in Santa Clarita and Las Vegas, volunteering at the their stores in both places.  She was also active in Special Olympics while in Santa Clarita.

Chris was born in Birmingham, England in 1947 and the family moved to Quebec, Canada, when she was 11 years old.  Chris graduated from high school in Quebec and was a ski instructor in New York from 1968 - 70. She moved to Los Angeles in 1970, met Jerry and they married in 1972.  They moved to Valencia in 1984, where Chris attended College of the Canyons. She also attended “Woodstock” coming away with lots of stories to tell.

Chris and Jerry moved to the Virgin Islands in 1995 where they started a yacht charter business, Rusty Nail Charters. They took hundreds of people on various trips around the Islands. Once they ended their charter business, the couple returned to Valencia in 2001.  Chris worked for Princess Cruises from 2006 to 2016 and after Jerry retired, they moved to Las Vegas. Several of members from our Zonta club visited Las Vegas a few times to chat with her and Jerry.

Chris will always be in our hearts.

Nancy Delange

Nancy Delange (1958-2021)

Zontian, Nancy Delange, passed away peacefully from cancer on November 30, 2021. She had bravely battled the disease for a number of months, and she died at home surrounded by family at the age of 63.

Nancy joined Zonta in 1997. Her neighbor, Judy Penman, brought her into Zonta SCV. Nancy’s husband Nick and her children, daughter Nicole and son, Kevin, rounded out the Delange family on Zermatt Street in Valencia. She jumped right in and was active on committees. She was elected to the board and served a term as club secretary. She loved Lunafest and other Zonta activities that highlight women in the community such as Women in Service and the Tribute. Nancy cared deeply about Zonta’s mission to improve the lives of women and was proud of our work on behalf of Young Women in Public Affairs and other scholarship activities that help put local women on a strong footing for a better future. She loved international travel and was thrilled to belong to an organization that serves women around the world.

Nancy was born on October 20, 1958, in Chicago and grew up in Morton Grove, Illinois where she attended school and became an Illinois State Scholar in high school. She demonstrated her athletic ability from an early age and held a high jump record in track and field. You knew when you met Nancy that somewhere along the line, she must have been a basketball player, because she was so tall. Indeed, she played Division 1 basketball for two years at Northern Illinois University and at Oklahoma State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the college of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.

In her professional life, Nancy developed a valued career in governmental service, working for the US Postal Service, the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office, and for more than twenty years at the City of Santa Clarita as an Associate Engineer and Landscape District Administrator. She was active in the SCV Chamber of Commerce as well as the International Association of Assessing Officers. This level of professionalism led her to take an extremely active role in her family’s homeowner’s association where she utilized the skills she developed in Zonta to serve in numerous leadership roles. When not working, she was a gifted quilter, loved traveling, going to the beach, and walking her dogs.

In recent years, due to stresses in her work and with her health, Nancy was unable to be as active in Zonta as she wished. Still, she proudly attended our events when possible and paid her dues religiously. We will miss seeing our tall, beautiful, smiling friend. Her sweet kindness will forever be her legacy to the Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley.  Memorial donations in memory of Nancy can be made to Zonta International at zonta.org.

Written by Lois Bauccio

Adele Macpherson

Adele Macpherson was born in Sale, England, a small town near Manchester, in 1946. She was the second child of May and William Burns, and she completed the little family with older sister, Rena. Her happy childhood was highlighted by her service to Girl Guides, an activity that would inspire and characterize her lifetime of service.

Following school, she attended college to study chiropody, and received a license to practice. She was introduced to a clever and funny young man, Iain Macpherson, and the couple wed. The newlyweds soon found themselves in Israel in a move to follow Iain’s job. His engineering career continued to move them, then with two little girls in tow, to Canada and Washington State. Finally, Iain was assigned to a job in Southern California, and the family relocated to Santa Clarita in 1986.

Adele began volunteering right away for the PTA and the local Red Cross. Before long, she was hired as the manager of the Santa Clarita Valley branch of the American Red Cross, a job that would define her future career in emergency management. She was hired in 1990 to serve the newly formed City of Santa Clarita as Community Services Superintendent, and she eventually became Emergency Coordinator for the City.

It was in that role that Adele rose to the very height of community protection as she became a leading force in the recovery and rebuilding effort of the city following the Northridge Earthquake in 1994. During the year following the earthquake, she worked tirelessly to help the people of Santa Clarita as their homes needed rebuilding and retrofitting, all the while living in rented housing because her own home had been red-tagged and deemed unsafe for occupancy. She also became an important part of the SCV Emergency Coalition during that time, an effort that informed her interest with many of the community’s challenges.

But let’s go back to 1989, when Adele joined the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley. Barbara Cochran introduced her to the Zonta mission and the volunteer opportunity that would become the centerpiece and passion of Adele’s life. The Zonta mission to improve life for women and ending violence against women in the valley and around the world became her life’s dedication. She quickly moved up in leadership as she served as Club Director, Secretary, 1st and 2nd Vice President, President Elect and President in 1995.

Following her Presidency, Adele continued her club leadership by serving on the Foundation as a Founding Trustee, Treasurer, Secretary and President. To voice her personal mission, she chaired the club’s Advocacy Committee, Zonta Says NO, as well as serving with the club’s partnership with the Domestic Violence Center as a court advocate for women needing restraining orders against a battering spouse, partner, or stalker. She worked as a court advocate for battered women until the pandemic shut the courts down. She organized the Shoe Project and the Red Dress Project, always willing to talk about the women in our community who have succumbed to domestic violence and what we need to do to prevent it.

Adele’s life as a Zontian was characterized by her personal dedication, reliability, kindness, and generosity. She was often asked to help with unusual projects for District 9 and international leaders. SCV Zonta has been blessed with members who have served at Area, District, and International roles. At various Conferences and Conventions, one could find Adele in her room organizing something, or running around supporting a Director, Governor, or International President. Adele was named Zontian of the Year by SCV Zonta in 1994.

Throughout those years she also volunteered for countless nonprofit organizations in the SCV including the United Way, the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center, the Child & Family Center, the Domestic Violence Center, the School-to-Business Alliance, the SCV Boys and Girls Club, the Foundation for Children’s Dental Health, the American Heart Association, the SCV Resource Center, HandsOn Santa Clarita, Daughters of the British Empire, and more.

In 2002, Adele was named Santa Clarita Valley Woman of the Year, and served on that committee until her passing. She was presented with the Key to the City, an honor given to only five others, by the Council Members of the City of Santa Clarita in July of 2021 in recognition of her lifetime of service.

Adele Macpherson passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, August 8, following a brave, six-month-long battle with cancer. She is survived by husband, Iain Macpherson, daughters Kirstie Zacharias and Fiona Bracco, grandchildren Cole and Reese Boyett and Ilan and Ryan Bracco, sons-in-law Alan Zacharias and Chase Bracco, and sister, Rena Hobbs. Her passing is mourned by her Zonta sisters in Santa Clarita and all who were blessed to have known her.

Contributed by Lois Bauccio

Pat Allen

In Memoriam

Pat Allen 1932 – 2021

By Lois Bauccio

Pat Allen was the ultimate Zontian. She was a person who loved life in every possible way. She loved her family, her community, and her country. She loved her friends from Santa Clarita and San Fernando, Canyon High Football, all dogs, Elvis, and a million other things. At the top of list of the things she loved, right along with her family, was service to the people in need in her community, her country, and her world. It was that deep love of service that propelled her every day as a Santa Clarita Zontian to say “yes” whenever she was asked to serve. Her service was characterized by love, joy, humor, and dedication – always.

Pat was born in San Fernando, California on March 19, 1932. She attended San Fernando High School where she met her lifelong sweetheart, Sheldon Allen. They graduated in 1950, Sheldon joined the Navy, and they married in1951. In 1955, Pat went to work at Lockheed Aircraft Corporation as her husband went to college and law school. Those early years of the Allen marriage reflect Pat’s amazing energy as she gave birth to 4 children by 1960 while working full time and assisting her husband in his burgeoning legal practice. The kids needed her too, so she volunteered for San Fernando Little League as Sheldon coached the team. Their partnership in community service had begun.

That partnership in community service grew to a phenomenal level when they moved to Canyon Country in 1967, and they immediately became involved in the Canyon High School Community Committee and the Canyon High School Booster Club when the school opened. In 1982, they became deeply involved in volunteering for the Boys & Girls Club. Pat’s outstanding volunteerism was recognized, and she soon was invited to join Zonta where she quickly moved into leadership with her enthusiastic desire to volunteer for everything. Over the years she served as Chair of every committee, served on the Board as member and as officer, including President. She was such a great and perennial Treasurer, that the bylaws were amended to allow her to serve addition terms in that role. She travelled to District Conferences and International Conventions all over the world with her Unzon husband, Sheldon. She was truly delighted by the beautiful women in their native dress, and she was thrilled to be a part of it all. She was amazed to hear the Amelia Earhart Fellows talk about their projects which she didn’t understand but did understand that she, through Zonta, had been a part in funding their important work.

Additional community service included the Red Cross Disaster Team, Chair of the Celebrity Waiter Celebration for the American Heart Association for ten years, Canyon Theater Guild Volunteer, Home Tour for Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Cowboy Poetry Festival, Senior Center Wine Auction, and much, much more.

It was with the Boys & Girls Club and for the famous auction where Pat came into her own as a solicitor of donations. Over the years, her talent and skill for solicitation grew, so much so that there was no business in town which she had not solicited nor could say “no” to her. Eventually, she would take several requests to a solicitation meeting, always in person. She would first ask for Zonta, then the Boys & Girls Club, then the Senior Center, and so on.

Through Zonta, Pat’s community service included being a regular Mrs. Claus for Zonta’s Rent-A-Santa program as well as Chair of Zonta’s Senior Center bread bake program for home-bound seniors. She helped out in Val Verde for Healthy Kids Club. She truly believed in helping women and girls at every age to become empowered for growth and improvement. The extent to which she improved the community for the women and girls living in Santa Clarita is incalculable. Indeed, it was so immense that she was named as Santa Clarita Woman of the Year in 1994, when she was recognized along with Sheldon who was named Man of the Year right by her side. In 1999, she was honored as California Woman of the Year by State Senator Pete Knight of the 17th District, and in 2000 Pat and Sheldon were named as Volunteers of the Decade by the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley.

Throughout it all, she continued her dual careers as mother to four children, Sharon, Mitch, Vince and Chris, and as a loyal employee to Lockheed. When she retired in 1990 after nearly 35 years at Lockheed, she found new time to volunteer even more! Zonta sent her along with her close friends, Zontians Jami Kennedy, Barbara Cochran, Carmen Sarro and so many others, to represent our club at literally every nonprofit fundraising event in Santa Clarita checking in party goers, selling tickets for raffles, anything and everything to help the various organizations raise dollars to help the individuals they were serving and to improve the community. She never ceased to entertain her Zonta Sisters with tales of the exploits and successes of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren during Brags & Bitches and then Bits & Pieces.

In later years, long after Sheldon’s passing, Pat’s health began to decline, and she moved to the Antelope Valley to be closer to family for her care. We lost her on January 1st, just two months short of her 89th birthday. She will long be remembered by Zonta SCV as a funny, joyful, remarkable leader, an inspirational volunteer, and a true Zontian. She loved us, and we sincerely loved her. Rest in Peace, Our Dear Pat.