Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children

 

In Memory of Cindy

Jack & Betty Box Continue
Their Daughter's Legacy of Helping Kids


Cynthia "Cindy" BoxCynthia "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 juvenile parole officer in Oklahoma City. Tragically, at the young age of 25, she was killed in a motorcycle accident in July of 1975.

Cindy’s parents, Jack and Betty Box, say their lives were forever changed 31 years ago. "It makes you appreciate how precious life is," said Betty. "Your days are numbered.

I changed 180 degrees, Jack added. Life was never the same for me—I changed my focus."

Jack and Betty 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 ‘till death do us part,’ said Betty.

Jack and Betty 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.Betty and Jack Box

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. The Boxes’ gift annuity will provide them with a charitable income tax deduction, monthly income for their lifetimes, and at their deaths, OBHC will receive a charitable gift.

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," said Betty.

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

Contact the Foundation about a gift annuity today! 800.949.9988.

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