Former LDS Young Women president Ruth Funk dies at home

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  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 3:54 p.m.

    We have counted the Funk family as friends for many years. Sister Funk was a "gem". She will be greatly missed.

    What is JPLOM's problem?

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    Feb. 7, 2011 2:21 p.m.

    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.

  • rightascension Provo, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 11:13 a.m.

    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.

  • rightascension Provo, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 11:02 a.m.

    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. . . .

  • moodyblue77 Provo, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 10:03 a.m.

    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.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 10:01 a.m.

    JPLOM, this is about Ruth.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Feb. 7, 2011 9:02 a.m.

    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.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 8:31 a.m.

    From a Leopard of '72- A grand lady has passed on. She deserves some rest after spending all that energy on the youth.

  • Jmado Vista, ca
    Feb. 6, 2011 9:06 p.m.

    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.