October 9, 1940 - October 17, 2021
Obituary for Dell T. Courtney Born: October 9, 1940 Died: October 17, 2021 Dell T. Courtney of Louisville, KY, died Sunday at home, surrounded by the family she loved, after waging a hard-fought and courageous battle against Stage 4 cancer for more than a year. Dell is the daughter of the late Sarah and Kenneth Taylor. Dell was born on October 9, 1940, graduated from J.M. Atherton High School in 1958 and was an English major at the University of Louisville. Her younger sister, Lynn Taylor, also preceded her in death. Survivors include husband of fifty-six years, Fred Courtney, United States Coast Guard (Ret.), a native of Charleston, WV, daughter Susan Courtney (Brett Bobley) of Washington DC, and grandson Jack Bobley, a first-year student at NYU. She is also survived by her brother Brian (Bunny) Taylor, her nephews, John (Kristin) Taylor and Lee (Baili) Taylor, of Louisville, her niece Jenny (Casey) Geist of Elizabethtown, and five great nieces and nephews. For more than fifty years Dell was passionately and deeply involved in special events production in Beckley, WV, Washington, DC, and Louisville. From 1973-1979 Dell was Director of the Louisville Bicentennial Corporation/Heritage Corporation of Louisville & Jefferson County where she and her team developed and directed a series of ethnic weekends and related educational programs. She also served as the special events coordinator for the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce. From 1980-1988 Dell served as the Executive Director of United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Washington, DC where she directed fundraising, marketing programs, and the local segments of the national telethon. In 1988 Dell returned to Louisville and became the Executive Director of the Heritage Corporation of Louisville & Jefferson County (dba Showcase Greater Louisville) where she directed fundraising and marketing efforts from 1988-1989. In 1990 Dell assumed the position of Director, Development and Marketing for the Kentucky Easter Seal Society. Besides directing state wide fund raising and marketing efforts, she also led the local segments of the Easter Seal national telethon until 1998. In 1998, Dell formed her own company Visionworks, LLC. She served as a consultant on fundraising, marketing, and event development for many not-for-profit corporations. Her large public event development and management included: • Epilepsy Foundation/Harbor House Ken-Ducky Derby • St. Patrick’s Day Parade (1999-2009) • Halloween Parade (2003-2016) • WorldFest (2005-2006) • Lewis & Clark Bicentennial (national) Signature Event (2000-2003) • Country Music Festival Parade (Nashville, 2010-2012) • Light Up Louisville Winter Wonderland Parade (2004-2012) • Holidays Around the World (2006-2016) • Multiple 5K Runs and Walks, including The Highland Cup (2004-2012) • Golf scrambles and community expos for Oldham County Chamber of Commerce and summer festivals for South Oldham Lions Club It is worth noting that Dell encouraged her clients to hire her company for two to three years and let her teach them how to run their events, explaining “You won’t have to hire me after that!” She was often bemused when she was not always successful in convincing her clients of the wisdom of that approach. From 1990-2017 Dell’s volunteer Board service totaled fifty-two years including: • Sister Cities of Louisville (8 years) • Clifton Center of Louisville (10 years) • The Fillies, Inc. (2 years) • The Kling Center (4 years) • Spirit of Louisville Foundation (Bell Awards) for 28 years Dell was especially passionate about our nation’s veterans. Dell helped resurrect Louisville’s annual Veterans Day Parade, serving as its Co-Chair from 2011-2016. She continued to volunteer in 2017 and 2018. Dell also served as: • Co-Chair of the local “Spirit of ‘45” commemorations (2015-2016) • Member, National Planning Group, “Spirit of ‘45” commemorations (2015-2016) • KY Chair, E. Bruce Heilman Cross Country Motorcycle Ride • Co-Chair, Bowman Field Aviation & Military Heritage Festival (2017) • Member, VCAL (Veterans Coalition Association, Louisville) from 2014-2017 Dell took special pride in her work coordinating with community groups, the United States Coast Guard, the United States Navy, the United States Army, the United States Air Force, and the United States Marine Corps during the “Spirit of ‘45” commemorations, the Veterans Day Parade, and the Bowman Field Aviation & Military Heritage Festival. Visitation will be at Pearson’s Funeral Home at 149 Breckenridge LN from 4:00P-8:00P on Friday, October 22, and 11:00A, with a service to follow at Noon, on Saturday, October 23. Memorial gifts to Hosparus Health of Louisville, 3532 Ephraim McDowell DR, Louisville, KY 40205, Honor Flight Bluegrass, P.O. Box 991364, Louisville, KY 40269-1364, or the charity of the donor’s choice.
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