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Betsy Faith Wenzel

Monday, January 9, 2012

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Betsy Faith Wenzel was born on Nov. 10, 1952, and died on Jan. 2, 2012, at the age of 59. She is survived by her parents, Ralph and Evelyn Wenzel of Marshall and her daughter, Cantrell Wenzel of Lee's Summit. She graduated from Marshall High School in Marshall in 1971, received her Bachelor's degree in Learning Disabilities and Special Education from Missouri Valley College in 1974 and received 40 hours toward her Masters degree in Learning Disabilities from the University of Missouri in 1978. She began her career teaching Learning Disabilities in Independence at Glendale Elementary School. Betsy then began teaching for Blue Springs School District and implemented a Learning Disabilities program at Blue Springs High School. After the birth of her daughter in 1979, she taught Learning Disabilities at the Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders in Blue Springs part time for 19 years.

Betsy dearly loved serving the community. It was her belief that if one wanted a well-rounded and balanced life, it was important to give of your time and talents to promote the greater good of individuals and non-for-profit organizations that inspired you. At the time of her death, she was an active member of Art League of Blue Springs, the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Medical Society Alliance serving as fund advisor for the Allied Health Scholarships of Truman Heartland Community Foundation, a sustaining member of Junior Service League of Independence, serving on the Bess Wallace Truman Scholarship Committee and on the Truman-Wallace Project for the Truman Library Institute, an active member of P.E.O International Sisterhood, chapter LS, Lee's Summit, served on the Board of Directors of the Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders and on fundraising committees for events such as Wreathes and Wits, and the Gala Auction, and also served as Director of the Ambassador Program. She was a member of St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary, served on the Board of Directors of Truman Heartland Community Foundation in Lee's Summit, and served on the Truman Heartland Community Foundation Gala Committee. She was an active member of her church, Unity Church of Overland Park, serving as part of the Prayer Chaplain Ministry, Oneness Blessing Ministry, Mission Vision Committee, Usher/Greeter committee and as a fall faith facilitator.

Betsy's past service on the Board of Directors/Executive Committees of not-for-profit organizations includes Hope House for Battered Woman and their Children, Independence Regional Health Center, Missouri State Medical Society Alliance, Music Arts Institute, Performing Arts Council of Blue Springs, Truman Anniversary Concert Board, City of Independence, MO/Kansas City Symphony, Young Women's Civic Club, Blue Springs and Young Women's Symphony Association, Kansas City. Betsy received several honors and awards during her lifetime. They include Citizen of the Year, Municipal League of Cities (now known as Truman Heartland Community Foundation Citizen of the Year), HCA National Auxilian of the Year Award, Honorable Mention, Missouri State Hospital Association Auxilian of the Year and Outstanding Citizen, Chamber of Commerce, Blue Springs.

Betsy frequently said, "I want to live and live well." She served her family, community, and God with unconditional love, compassion, determination, strength, and a keen intelligence and wit. She woke up every morning with a smile and a song. She will be greatly missed. May her soul continue to radiate and inspire those she served so well and the God she so greatly loved.

A memorial service will be held in the Spring of 2012, date to be announced.

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