Passing of Pinewood Players Pioneers

Farewell to Three Pinewood Players Pioneers

It is with great sadness that Pinewood Players bids farewell to three of its most loved pioneers who died this past year.
Joan Gorges, 93, died last August. Joan was a founding member of Pinewood Players in 1990 and was an active supporter the rest of her life. Known for her dry humor and spitfire personality, Joan always attracted a crowd whether onstage or off. Joan served in the Navy during World War II, worked as a “Harvey Girl” at the Grand Canyon and later as a school teacher.


Lee Henry, 88, died May 31, 2018. He was the first president of Pinewood Players and for 24 years devoted himself to entertaining Munds Park audiences as an actor. Lee was probably better known, however, for his role as Munds Park Community Church organist, where he served for 15 years. Prior to his life in Munds Park, Lee rose to the rank of Captain in the Navy followed by a career as a school teacher.



Florence Sleeper, 97, died April 2, 2018. “Flo” or “Flossie” ushered for every Pinewood Players production from the time she joined in 1991 until 2017. She also acted in many plays, but a prima donna she was not. She was just as happy cleaning the theatre, working the Carnival, or whipping up her famous Texas sheet cake for rehearsal snacks. Prior to her time with Pinewood Players, Flo worked as a nurse. Flo will always be remembered for her signature hair bows and her mischievous smile.
These wonderful pioneers will be deeply missed.

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