Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children

 

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Tony Kennedy with Jack and Betty BoxJack and Betty Box

Jack and Betty Box met in junior high school in Ponca City and were married their senior year. They credit the success of their 59 years of marriage to their faith, mutual trust, respect, patience and allowing for independence from one another. “People need to go into marriage knowing it’s forever—really mean ‘til death do us part,” says Betty.

The Boxes lived and worked in Ponca City until they retired to Tulsa in 1987. They reside in Bixby and are active members of South Tulsa Baptist Church, where they are involved in the Prime Timers senior adult group, and Betty helps with the children’s choir. Betty stays active in many civic groups and serves as a volunteer at St. Francis Hospital. Jack is a “computer guru” and is still working part-time as a draftsman. They enjoy traveling and spending time with their son, Steve, their two grandsons, and two great grandchildren.

In 2006, the couple established a gift annuity through The Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma benefiting Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, in memory of their daughter, Cynthia “Cindy” Box.

Cindy Box loved children and enjoyed the challenge of making a difference in the lives of troubled kids. A Ponca City High School graduate, Cindy majored in elementary education and social services at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva. After graduating in 1972, she began working for the Department of Human Services as a juvenile parole officer in Oklahoma City. Tragically, at the young age of 25, she was killed in a motorcycle accident in July of 1975.

Jack and Betty say their lives were forever changed 33 years ago. “It makes you appreciate how precious life is,” says Betty, “Your days are numbered.” This bittersweet understanding has given the couple an enthusiasm for life and helping others that has clearly impacted the ministry of OBHC.

They were first inspired to give to the Children’s Home in the 1950’s when they actively participated in their church’s sponsorship for a little boy at OBHC. “This experience coupled with Cindy’s love for children inspired us to give to OBHC,” says Betty.

“We did it because of Cindy,” says Jack. “It’s a perpetual gift, and we like knowing that after we’re gone it will keep helping children.”

Donna Brooks, a development representative, believes that the Boxes “are a wonderful encouragement to our staff. They have become warm, personal friends who always encourage anyone who works with our children.”  05-09-08


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