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Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women honored the 2014 Outstanding Women of Comanche County during a recognition reception Saturday at Leslie Powell Gallery. From left are Connie McDonald, Renae Sexton,Wyonna Alberty, Candace McCoy and Barbara Curry.

5 Comanche County women recognized

The Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women recognized five Comanche County women Saturday for their impact on their communities.

Recognition came during the 2014 Outstanding Women of Comanche County reception at the Leslie Powell Gallery. Commission members said the five women  Wyonna Alberty, Barbara Curry, Candace McCoy, Connie McDonald and Renae Sexton  were cited for their work in identifying women's needs and for strengthening, promoting and enriching the quality of life for women. The selection was based, in part, on their job-related service and service accomplished beyond those jobs, with an emphasis on volunteerism.

The five honorees:

• Alberty is a licensed minister at Bethlehem Baptist Church, where she serves on the prayer intercessory team and as an evangelism facilitator. She is a licensed and ordained minister for United in Christ Discipleship International and has worked as a volunteer bereavement chaplain for Faith Hospice, helps with activities for residents at Ten Oaks Retirement Community, is a chaplain for the Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign War 5263 and visits veterans centers and nursing homes. Her other activities include the feeding ministry at St. John's Baptist Church, delivering Mobile Meals during the holiday season and financial support for One Church One Child and the Pregnancy Resources Center.

• Curry is an instrumental figure in the American Red Cross, including roles such as handling water and teaching tornado safety, and serving as disaster action team leader, client casework supervisor, community disaster preparedness education instructor and mass care leader. She volunteers at Aspire Hospice, Comanche County Memorial Hospital and Hospice of Southwest Oklahoma. She also is involved in community-sponsored events such as 3-Mile Thursday and Spirit of Survival. Curry is an evangelical outreach minister, has established a nursing home ministry, worked for an internship teaching ministry to prison inmates and mentored young women.

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