Friday Jun 29 2012
Annabell McCord was ex-Auburn mayor, McCann honoree
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
Celebration of life for one of Auburn?s leading citizens for many years to be held July 8
Annabell McCord, a prominent community leader and former Auburn mayor who started a long-lasting community culinary event, has died at age 93. McCord died Tuesday and plans are in place for a celebration of her life at 2 p.m. July 8 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds? Placer Building ? the site for many years of the Celebrity Chefs Cooking for Community Service fundraisers she started. McCord ran for office for the first time in 1986 and ended up topping the polls in her bid for a seat on the Auburn City Council. The initial celebrity chefs event was held as a McCord campaign fundraiser but she quickly saw it as a way to raise money for worthwhile causes. ?Her whole life was about helping people and inclusion,? said Rad McCord, one of two sons. ?I always said my mom was the matriarch of Auburn.? Galen ?Mac? McCord, her other son, said that his mother was always attempting to involve others in the community she loved and had lived in since the 1950s. ?I can sew it up in one word ? inclusion,? Mac McCord said. ?Whether it was people she met at church or the grocery store, she was getting people involved.? McCord was born Jan. 9, 1919, in Marcus, Iowa, and met her future husband, Glen McCord as a high school senior. She was educated as a teacher. Glen and Annabell McCord were married in Sacramento in 1939 and honeymooned on the Delta King paddle wheeler, visiting the World?s Fair in San Francisco. They would ride onboard the restored Delta King as honored guests on their 50th anniversary. The McCords would own McCord?s Floor Coverings and Draperies in Downtown Auburn from 1956 to the early 1990s, becoming a prominent part of the business community. While raising their two boys, they also found room in their hearts and home for 15 boys and one girl over the years. McCord organized the Auburn Hot Line in the late 1970s to aid children involved in drugs and served on a committee for the Placer County Commission to Aid Retarded Children. McCord soon took on more tasks, including posts on the Auburn Area General Plan Advisory Committee, Placer County Charter Commission, the Auburn Planning Commission and League of California Cities Environmental Quality Control Committee. Two of her strongest club commitments were to the Soroptimist and Business and Professional Women?s Organization. While on the Auburn City Council, she served as mayor during 1988?s centennial celebration. In 1995, while again serving as mayor, she was chosen as the McCann Award winner for outstanding service to her community. Preceded in death by her husband, Glen in 2000, McCord is survived by her two sons.