Making a Difference - Dee Rodriguez

Todd Roth/NHO

Todd Roth/NHO

WINSLOW, Ariz. - Dee Rodriguez is mentioned many times in relation to good things that have happened in Winslow. Today as in the past, Dee is mentioned repeatedly on topics that were positive enhancements to the quality of life in Winslow. Whether it's childrens' activities or city council deliberations, Dee is always at the center of something good.

Dee was born in Los Angles but moved to Winslow in 1943. Her mother was a waitress in every restaurant in Winslow at one time or another. Dee's father was a chef at the Harvey House when he was drafted for WWII. He never returned from fighting on Okinawa. Dee married her husband, Roman, in 1963 in Winslow and only left briefly for some education in Phoenix. Dee had been a Winslow resident all her life and certainly shows her passion for all things Winslow. She spent 12 years on the Winslow City Council and was the motivating force in saving the historic La Posada Hotel.

Saving the La Posada Hotel (originally the Harvey House) was one of her major accomplishments in 1995-1996. Keeping the hotel from being demolished was a four-year-long project culminating with its purchase and restoration by Allan Affeldt and Tina Mion.

Dee has spent 17 years involved with the Winslow Childrens' Theater and was the driving force to get something for kids to do beside baseball. The original response for the Childrens' Theater was overwhelming and the kids had to be separated into three age groups in order to accommodate them all. Loni White has been a tireless assistant in the childrens' theater.

Dee worked constantly on other activities for kids including Fourth of July parades and games. She still is interested in all the activities and is available to anyone who needs advice on continuing childrens' activities.

Dee was also a driving force in the acquisition of 14-foot steel beams from the

9-11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center Twin Towers. These beams became the centerpiece of Winslow's 9-11 Memorial on the east end of Third Street. The steel beams are quite possibly the largest remnants of the Twin Towers destruction on exhibit outside of New York City.

Dee was honored by former Arizona Governor Napolitano at a ceremony at the state capitol for her efforts in creating the 9-11 Memorial in Winslow.

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