President (May 5, 1960-February 6, 2022)
Jim Boyle, author and president of the Friends of the Curry Public Library passed away on February 6, 2022, after a valiant struggle with esophageal cancer. If you did not know Jim, you missed meeting a quiet and kind soul. He was a trivia master, he was a sports fan, he was an avid reader, he was a constructive critic, and he was a prolific writer. During the past four years, Jim served as president of the Friends of the Curry Public Library where he worked to find ways to support and improve library services. He believed in the power of books, as well as the library’s larger mission of lifelong learning and community engagement. He showed his support through generously giving his time to library programs, fundraisers, and meetings.
Before retiring to Gold Beach in 2014, Judi worked for the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), educating members and contracting agencies about retirement and retirement law. She joined the Friends in early 2015 when she volunteered at the Book & Bake Sale, and has been active in the organization ever since. She chaired the labor-intensive Book & Bake Sale for three years in a row, and implemented some ideas that have made shopping for books easier for our customers. When she is not reading or walking on the beach, Judi volunteers at the Cape Blanco Light House and the Historic Hughes House. She is also a Red Cross volunteer and has been deployed all over the country during natural disasters.
Jeanie, and her husband of 40 years, moved to Gold Beach in 2016, and she joined the Friends of the Library soon after. She is a super-energetic, take charge member of the Friends, actively participates in meetings, and volunteers for every one of our group events. She originated the fundraising idea of writing personalized letters from Santa mailed from the North Pole, and has chaired the effort for two years. She is a member the Red Cross, and has been tasked with a variety of assignments when deployed to Kentucky, Texas, Iowa, California, and North Carolina after natural disasters occurred in those areas. She is also treasurer of our local Community Center, and volunteers there two days a week. Busy woman!
Dianne and her husband fell in love with Gold Beach in 1993, knowing the moment the realtor showed them a property they’d found their forever home. Retiring in 1999 after 21 years of service, Navy Commander Daniels, and her husband, built their home. A lifelong reader, Dianne loved managing the Book Nook for the Hospice Rummage Market, and three other departments. From 2012 – 2020, she appeared bi-weekly on KURY radio’s Voices, and she volunteered in Curry County Fair’s Fiber Arts Department for many years. Dianne joined Friends of the Library as lifetime member, working Book and Bake Sales and writing press releases for Friends events. When not reading or knitting, Dianne can be found playing dominoes with friends or roaming her 10 acres.
Board Member at Large
Maureen taught grade-school in Coos Bay for 30 years, and after retiring to Gold Beach twelve years ago, became a member of the Friends of Curry Public Library. She was president of the Friends 2008-2010, has been a member of the Curry Public Library Budget committee since 2012, and co-chaired Party in the Park for the past three years. Maureen is funny and irreverent, and wields a giant squirt gun at Party in the Park, offering the “WATER OPTION” to every child running the Friends’ obstacle course. Little do they know what they are getting themselves in for!