GOSHEN — Three women representing different generations received top honors as Homemakers of the Year Monday night.
• Joan Bailey, a 21-year member currently with the Clinton Classics Extension Homemaker Club, shared some of the most memorable moments in her life as she accepted the award of Senior Homemakers (ages 60 and older).
Bailey is an active member of the Elkhart County Extension Homemakers, serving on various county committees and offices within her own club as well as a past county president and previous director of the Home & Family Arts Building during the fair.
• Janet Gardner, winner of the intermediate category (40 to 59 years old), has been a member of the Hex Rural Extension Homemaker Club for 25 years. Gardner reflected on a time when she was a new homemaker and brought her crying newborn son to a club meeting and another member settled him down. “That was the first of the many things that I learned from my homemaker ladies along the way, not just about raising children, but cooking and praying and giving of your time to someone else,” she said. “These ladies have enriched my life greatly and I will never forget the fun we have together.”
• The Young Homemaker of the Year winner, Becky Smuts, is a six-year member of Friends & Neighbors Extension Homemaker Club. Young Homemaker is for those age 39 and younger.
Smuts is a third-generation member of her club, was a 10-year 4-H member and has been married to her husband Sean for eight years. They have two children and are active members of their church. Of her role as a homemaker, Smuts said that she is a “full-time stay-at-home mom/homemaker for almost six years and wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
There other nominees were:
• Senior Homemaker — Beverly Earnhart, Goshen, Fairfield Homemakers; Mariann Hollopeter, Syracuse, Hex Rural; Rosealene Long, Middlebury, Middlebury Homemakers; Brenda Mestach, New Paris, Friends & Neighbors; and Cathy Van Huystee, Elkhart, Four Seasons.