Colleen (Fitzsimmons) Findley ‘71

Alumna profile

We recently heard from Colleen Findley, class of 1971, who shared the following. 

What a great foundation St. Francis has given me.  The faith, encouragement and love from the staff has served me well, reaching into every aspect of my life.  The achievements I’m most happy with are my daughter, son, granddaughter and great-grandson. The achievement I’m most proud of is the presentation of my Jeweled Egg to the President and First Lady in the White House.   

A little more about this exciting and interesting update.

For more than 40 years, America’s egg farmers have presented the Commemorative Egg during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This tradition started in 1977 to First Daughter Amy Carter and continues today with a presentation to the First Lady of the United States. Each egg, crafted by a specialized egg artist who is typically a member of the International Egg Art Guild, is presented as a gift from the American Egg Board on behalf of America’s egg farmers. Once presented, the eggs may become part of the First Lady’s historical archive, as housed by the National Archives.

In 1998, to commemorate the 120th White House Easter Egg Roll, Colleen living in Florida as an artist, was selected to design and create the gold-and-jewel encrusted egg, embracing a graceful angel. Her egg design represented favorites from both the First Lady and First Daughter.