Elizabeth Koonce: Faith in Our Mission

Elizabeth KoonceThe West Texas Food Bank received a transformational gift from the estate of Elizabeth N. Koonce. Elizabeth, a longtime resident of Odessa, leaves a legacy that will live on through the generous gift in her will to the West Texas Food Bank.

Koonce was married to the late Jesse Leon Koonce, and she worked as an executive assistant for ExxonMobil for many years. She had a passion for dogs, especially her pug, Charlie. Elizabeth was very shy, had a contagious chuckle and was fun in a lot of ways. She was a wonderful person, and her love of animals showed her kind heart.

Funds will be used to help sustain WTFB's operations so that we can remain a part of the Permian Basin for the next 35 years.

WTFB's Executive Director Libby Campbell states, "It was definitely a moment of shock and tears to think that someone has that much faith in our mission and believes in what we do that she wants to leave her legacy with us. It's an emotional experience to know that she valued what we do that much and really wanted to see us continue to succeed."

Leave Your Legacy

Making a gift in your will or living trust, known as a bequest, can guarantee that your legacy endures. Your gift may be a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate or the remainder after all other provisions are specified, which is what Elizabeth Koonce elected to do in her will.

Planning for the future and creating the legacy one wishes to leave is one of the most effective ways to ensure a lasting impact. Contact Amanda Ellis at givingteam@wtxfoodbank.org or 432-697-4003 to learn more.