Ann Hutchinson Quilter has never been one to pat herself on the back, not even at a luncheon in her honor.
Speakers at the Laguna Beach Woman's Club Woman of the Year luncheon heaped praise on Quilter for her accomplishments on behalf of the city.
But when the guest of honor spoke, she talked about the contributions of all of the groups represented in the room and the support given her in a time of personal crisis as she recovered from the devastating 1998 mudslide that destroyed her home and almost took her life.
First came the accolades.
Speakers described Quilter as a quixotic force of nature who represents the best qualities of Laguna's volunteers, no one more complimentary or endearing than Emily Quilter.
"I am Hurricane Ann's daughter, Tropical Storm Emily," she said at the sold-out luncheon.
"Over the past few weeks, Mom has been compared to some forces of nature, a hurricane, a bulldozer with a heart, a one-woman army and, to be honest, I can't really argue with any of those metaphors. Nothing really slows her down."