Nancy Lematta has seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. They are close-knit, and nearly all of them were at Pure Space in Northwest Portland last month when Nancy and her family were honored with the Providence Child Center Foundation “Heart of Gold” award for their dedication in improving the lives of children with special needs.
The Lematta family business began in 1957, when Wes Lematta and his brothers founded Columbia Helicopters. Nancy and Wes married in 1962, and together they built the company into a world leader in heavy-lifting services. Since Wes’ death in 2009, Nancy has served as the company’s chairman of the board.
The family's contributions have helped to provide recreational therapy and communication programs, and specialized equipment for the 58 children who live at the center. I
“They are an amazing family,” said Pat Budo, administrator of the child center. “We are so blessed that they have made us part of their lives, and are so grateful for their dedication to our kids.”