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Longtime Lutheran Hour Ministries supporter and community leader Dr. Elizabeth "Betty" Duda of Cocoa Beach, Fla., died Dec. 24 at the age of 84. She had been serving her second term as a trustee on the Board for The Lutheran Hour Ministries Foundation after initially taking office in 2013.

"It has always been a joy to work in God's harvest fields with Betty in many roles and relationships over the past two decades," says Kurt Buchholz, President and CEO of Lutheran Hour Ministries. "Betty spoke and acted loud and clear on the centrality of telling the Good News and was outspoken in her encouragement to ministry leaders young and old in our church. She will be greatly missed until we are reunited in heaven. Lutheran Hour Ministries will miss her presence on our Foundation board and the tremendous impact her leadership provided."

Duda served as president of many groups, including the national Lutheran Women's Missionary League from 1987 to 1991 as well as president of the LWML's Florida-Georgia District. She was the first woman elected to the board of Concordia College—New York, Bronxville, where she was chairwoman for five years, and also chaired Lutheran World Relief and the Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots as well as Florida civic organizations including the Junior League of Orlando, Loch Haven Art Center, Civic Theater, Community Coordinated Childcare, and the Central Florida Zoo.

In addition to the LHM Foundation, her service on numerous church- and community-related boards included those of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (including a term as the Board's vice chair); Concordia University Chicago; Concordia University, St. Paul, Minn.; Wheat Ridge Foundation; Aid Association for Lutherans; People of the Book Lutheran Outreach; Mill Neck Manor; Reedy Creek Improvement District at Disney World; Winter Park Hospital; Rollins College; Sun Bank of Seminole; University of Florida Foundation; YMCA; and Christian Service Center.

She received three honorary doctorates for her untiring service, from Concordia College—New York; Rollins College, Winter Park, Fla.; and Concordia University, St. Paul, Minn.

"She was always like the Energizer bunny," said her daughter Elizabeth "Beth" Duda Wareham, according to an article published in the Orlando Sentinel. "She was a role model and helped mentor others because she wanted to pass that legacy on and help show that you can really make a difference. She had a love for life and a love for giving, and it drove her."

Survivors include her husband, John, five daughters — Beth (Jon) Wareham of Merritt Island, Fla.; Linda Nichols of Geneva, Fla.; Pam (Brad) Jovaag of Gainesville, Ga.; Leslie (Kip) Schnake of Viera, Fla.; and Jenny (Bill) LaGrange of Oviedo (Duda was predeceased by another daughter, Janet) — nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

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