This past Tuesday, May 27, Betty Barkett Horaney was honored by the Zonta Club of Longview as the recipient of their 2014 Zonta Woman of Achievement Award. This award is bestowed on a woman who has exemplified the true spirit of volunteerism, devotion, and a commitment to the community in which she lives. Mrs. Horaney has worked tirelessly in her devotion to the community and her wish to see it thrive.
Mrs. Horaney serves on the Good Shepherd Foundation board of directors and coordinates the city-wide Thanksgiving food drive. She is a member of the Rotary Club and the Ivy League Garden Club, is a volunteer at Newgate Mission, and is a founding board member of Margaret’s House. Mrs. Horaney has served on the American Heart Association board of directors and was recognized by the organization as Volunteer of the Year. She has also been honored by the Federated Clubs of Longview as their Woman of the Year, was named a Star Over Longview by Longview Regional Medical Center, and received the Chairman’s Award given by the Longview Chamber of Commerce.
“I believe we should help others,” Mrs. Horaney said. “In doing so, we are the one who receives the blessing.
Born in Marshall, Mrs. Horaney has been a member of the Longview community for 56 years. She graduated from Marshall High School and attended East Texas Baptist University. Mrs. Horaney is president of Horaneys’ Inc., a local, family-owned business established in 1940. She and her late husband, Albert, ran the family business together for many years, and now Mrs. Horaney and her son, Al, work together in the business. She is also the mother of son, Ron, and grandmother to Alexander, 21, Betty Jeanette, 17, Ron Albert, 16, Alia, 13, Jonathan, 11, and Layla, 6. Mrs. Horaney is an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church, serving over the years on the endowment board and as a vestry member.
“Longview is a great city and has some wonderful people who volunteer,” Mrs. Horaney said. “I believe we should give back to our community. In doing so, you receive the greatest feeling of doing for others.”