Terry and Janet

Terry and Janet

Saturday, January 19, 2013

My Big Sister...

This is my oldest sister Beth.
It is her birthday today.
Happy Birthday Bethy..   I love you!

My sister Beth has been much more to me than a sister...
She is a perfect role model as a mother, a wife, a member of the Church
and she has done so much for her community.

She has just received the award as 
in Mesa Arizona.

Here is part of the article in the paper about her.

Beth Coons finally got what she deserved.
Considering what she has done and is still doing,                                                                                 you’d be hard pressed to disagree.
Beth Farnsworth Coons is Mesa’s 2012 Woman of the Year.
When you consider her contributions to Mesa specifically and society generally, it’s a no-brainer why previous holders of that title last Friday voted to add her to a constellation of community stars that has grown annually since the award was first created in 1935.
Coons is a mother of eight children who are all college-educated adults. As if that accomplishment wasn’t enough, her legacy of community involvement is staggering.
She served two terms on the Mesa Public Schools governing board, chaired two annual citywide drives by Mesa United Way — which she also has served in countless other capacities as a board member — chaired the state First Things First board and is vice chair of the Mesa Planning and Zoning Committee.
She helps feed hungry families at La Mesita Family Homeless Shelter and works with AZ Brainfood, a group of volunteers who make sure needy youngsters go home from school on the weekends with a backpack full of food.
The daughter of former Mesa Man and Woman of the Year winners Ross and Anita Farnsworth, Coons “has learned from her family and upbringing that service to her community makes a positive and lasting difference,” one of her nominators said. “Her work is inspirational. She makes things happen,” another said.
Asked about her reaction, she said, “I am honored and I am humbled.” Humbled, she said, “because there have been so many wonderful people who have been given this title.”
As someone who has worked with her on the Mesa United Way board, it doesn’t surprise me that her selflessness and humility might make her overlook the fact that she’s long overdue to be formally put in that group as well.

Isn't she amazing?   It's difficult trying to keep up with her...
so I stopped trying.
I am so proud of her.
Happy Birthday and thanks for taking care
of everyone and everything!