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The First Lady of Vero Beach

For 40 years, Alma Lee Loy has dedicated her life to the betterment of Indian River County

Alma Lee Loy in one of her favorite places, McKee Botanical Garden.

Alma Lee Loy in one of her favorite places, McKee Botanical Garden.

She is someone who – rather than bemoaning that things are not what they used to be – has spent her entire life embracing change and working to preserve, improve and enhance all that is valuable and unique about Indian River County. She is someone who tends to think about change in terms of what is good for the entire community, yet with an eye to preserving that which must be saved for generations to come. She is someone with a gracious manner and a kind word to all, a warm smile, soft brown eyes and a laugh that comes easy and often. That about sums up Alma Lee Loy, a true gem in the treasure that is the Treasure Coast.

Alma Lee has been a mentor to so many who have followed her into community service that, in 1995, the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce established the Alma Lee Loy Community Service Award. The proud recipients have expressed both delight and humility, but it comes as a surprise to Alma Lee that she has been a mentor at all.

Read the entire article in the January 2009 issue