In 1978, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Sister Funk. She graciously
attended our Youth Conference here in California. As the stake Laurel Rep. and
committee chairman, I was able to talk with her briefly about the Young Women's
program and sit with her during our testimony meeting. Her presence was warm and
loving, and left a lifelong impression with me.Our prayers and warmest
regards go out to her loved ones at this time.
From a Leopard of '72- A grand lady has passed on. She deserves some rest after
spending all that energy on the youth.
SNTB is the first person to convince me having multiple screen names is a good
thing. His screen name is the type of divisive name that might work in
political discussions, but not in this context.Ruth Funk lead the
young women organization during one of its key times of development.
JPLOM, this is about Ruth.
Her influence will last for a long time. She set a tremendous standard for
later Young Women general boards and presidencies to follow.Such
selfless service is priceless.Thank God for Ruth Hardy Funk.
Ruth Funk was more than a YMMIA -YMAP president. as explained by Gottlieb and
Wiley in "Americas Saints" pp. 195-6[In the 1960s], most
church members missed Correlations fundamental ideological character, which
centered on the role of woman, the family, and their relation to the overall
leadership structures and politics of the church. That ideological
character was understood at the outset by Harold B. Lee. Harold B
Lee had this sense of social breakdown, declared Ruth Funk, one of Lees key
female assistants in the Correlation movement and later president of the
YMMIA-AP during the Lee presidency. He saw the breakdown of the nuclear family.
Television was also coming into play, and he could see how that might undermine
traditional family roles and the danger that television might take us away from
the gospel. His premise from the start was that Correlation strengthens the
family. . . .
From "America's Saints" p 197[After Harold B Lee's death,] An
informal gathering of about 25 women, most connected in one way or another with
the Young Womens group, began meeting, initially to discuss the work of that
organization. Those meetings soon became kind of consciousness-raising
sessions. Less than a third of the people there would have called themselves
feminists. They had open and honest talks. There was some griping about the
way some General Authorities treated women, and they also talked about the
overall relations of men and women in the church.When word of the
meetings drifted back to the General Authorities, the reaction was swift. The
meetings were immediately terminated, and Funks position became less secure,
despite the fact that she always remained a loyal defender of the church line on
women. Funk was released from her position, primarily for other reasons.
Nevertheless, it was clear that even tentative, informal, unofficial gatherings
as those threatened church authorities, compounding their fears about perceived
attacks on church authority and priesthood.
Sister Funk and her board members started a great new path of goal setting among
the Young Women of today. That's a pretty amazing legacy.
We have counted the Funk family as friends for many years. Sister Funk was a
"gem". She will be greatly missed.PS.What is JPLOM's