Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children


Why We Needed a Will

Larry Rader

Larry and Mary Beth Rader"We needed to stop putting it off," said Larry Rader. "I decided that day we needed a will." Larry and Mary Beth Rader of the Tulsa area have been married 30 years, have three adult children, and three (soon-to-be four) young grandchildren. They, like many couples, had avoided the topic of a will.

We partially put it off because of the expense. But then we found out the Foundation reimbursed the attorney fees," said Larry. The Raders had attended a Foundation will and trust seminar at their church, First Baptist, Sapulpa. After the seminar they set up an appointment with Dan Allen, Foundation Senior Vice President, Donor Services.

The couple met in 1974 while Larry was an engineering student at Oklahoma State University. Beth had recently graduated from Vanderbilt University in radiology and was working as a radiology technician.

The weddingBeth had been in the process of adopting a child, yet put it on hold until after she and Larry were married. Shortly after their wedding, the couple adopted Brandon, a five-week-old baby boy. Brandon’s biological parents were African-American, and although it wasn’t an issue for Beth and Larry, it was a growing time for their families. "God meant for us to have him to teach us some things and to teach our families some things," said Larry.

The Raders also have two biological children, Brian, now 28, and Jodi, 26.

"We both have a soft spot for kids and think a good home is so important," he said. "We both were very fortunate to grow up in loving homes."

The Raders love for children and their personal experience with adoption inspired them to include Oklahoma Baptist Children’s Home, Hope Pregnancy Centers, and Dayspring Villa (a shelter for abused women and children) in their estate plan. They also included their church and Baptist Collegiate Ministries of Oklahoma.

"We wanted to leave money to our church and the organizations that mean a lot to us," said Larry.

First printed in the Baptist Messenger June 10, 2004.
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