The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Speaker remembers KidsFUNd founder

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  • By Chad Frey
    Newton Kansan
    When Lena Marie Haun passed away, her niece, Marlys Arnold, was given a big job.
    As executor of the estate, Arnold was charged with giving away $648,063.32.
    "I'm sure you had a preconceived notion of who gave this gift," Arnold said during her address at the 15th Annual Leave a Legacy Luncheon Friday at the Meridian Center. "Probably someone up in the Wichita social club. … But they drove older cars, and did not go on lavish vacations."
    Haun was a saver, and a giver. She also had a passion for children.
    "She wasn't the aunt or grandmother who gave strange gifts," Arnold said. "She always put a lot of thought into gifts — and it was always obvious there was a lot of thought."
    Haun's final gift was also thought out — which is what Arnold was speaking about at the Leave a Legacy Luncheon.
    A gift to the Central Kansas Community Foundation helped start the "KidsFUNd."
    Haun, a former school teacher and secretary to a dean at Wichita State University, established a foundation dedicated to helping children.
    This past year the foundation gave $42,000 in grants to area non-profits to help children.
    "Thousands of children will be helped as the foundation goes on and on," Arnold said. "She left an extra special legacy."
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