Ben Queen of First United Methodist, Morrilton, wanted to honor the faith and service of his late wife Anne Crofoot Queen. What better way than to create an endowment in her name at the United Methodist Foundation that would benefit her local church forever?
Ben, an Arkansas native, moved back to his home state from Lufkin, Texas, where he was a retired oil company executive. He and his late first wife had three sons. Anne and her late first husband had been friends with Ben and his late wife since they met soon after World War II as college students at the University of Arkansas.
Ben and Anne reconnected soon after his return to Arkansas and were married 10 and a half years. Anne was a beloved former English teacher at Morrilton High School who had friends and former students all over the state.
“I grew to love Morrilton and our church here,” said Ben. “Anne was a member of this church for more than 30 years, a Sunday School teacher here, and she served on almost every committee we have.”
Ben is an advocate of endowment funds as an excellent way to ensure local churches have steady financial resources for the future. “When you have an endowment, it is easier for the church to thrive during thick or thin,” he said.