Volunteer Spotlight: Betty Funk

Betty Funk, a treasured volunteer and senior at L&C, was born and raised in Texas. She and her husband, Merle, have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. A couple years ago, the pair decided to sell their ranch near San Antonio and make their full-time home in Columbia City near their daughter, Leslie. Prior to that, the couple mainly visited in the summer to enjoy family and the cooler temperatures we have in Indiana. Approximately 18 years ago, Betty retired as a nurse practitioner. However, "Dr. Betty" still uses her medical background to give comfort, advice and a listening ear to many in the OC family who might be going through a difficult time. Her kind and soft spoken ways make her the perfect person to talk to when someone has an illness or just needs to talk.

Betty has been a volunteer since the beginning of L&C. She and Merle helped with details regarding the launching of the program almost 5 years ago. They have assisted in multiple facets and are a wealth of information in many areas. Betty is most often found in the L&C kitchen, where she loves to be. When at home, she loves prepare food for her kids and grandkids. Gardening and bee keeping are also among her hobbies. Betty told us her favorite place to visit was Italy, greatest talent is painting, and the thing most people do not know about her is she started the Battered Women's Shelter in Kerrville, Texas in 1982. In 1984, the home was ready for the women in need.

Betty is a kind and loving person who we feel blessed to have as an important part of our One Community family. She loves her time she spends in South Whitley and is thankful to have a place to give back and says "community" is what she likes best about volunteering. Thank you, Betty, for all you do for others. You truly have a servant’s heart.

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