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Greene County community comes through for Deckard family

Posted Saturday, October 17, 2009, at 8:57 AM

What can you say about how great this Greene County community really is?

Time and time again the people who live and work here in this county have rallied behind numerous benefit causes that have helped so many people.

It's usually in times of hardship, injury and grief that you really find out the true character and heart of people.

You also find out who your friends really are.

I guess that is why so many of these benefit events go so well here in this neck of the woods.

There are a lot of good people here.

Another such heartwarming event was hosted last weekend.

I received a very encouraging report from the benefit that was conducted for Wanda Deckard last Saturday night (Oct. 10) in the eastern Greene County hamlet of Solsberry.

I understand the Eastern firehouse was packed to the brim with one of the largest crowds that locals had ever witnessed -- other than the large number of folks that the annual July 3 fireworks extravaganza always draws.

More than $5,000 was raised at the dinner, silent auction, bake sale and local entertainment show that attracted well over 500 patrons.

The money will be put to good use helping to defray on-going medical expenses for Wanda and her family.

"This has 100 percent went to them (the Deckard family)," Carolyn Arthur, a family friend who helped to organize the benefit, told me a few days after the event. "The outpouring from the community was something else."

Wanda is the eastern Greene County woman who was seriously injured in a two-vehicle head-on crash Aug. 5 on State Road 45, just west of Breeden Road in Monroe County.

She suffered multiple injuries and was LifeLined from Bloomington Hospital to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Veteran Greene County minister, the Rev. Billy Ed Hostettler, of rural Bloomfield, died in the crash.

Deckard's eastbound vehicle was hit head-on after Rev. Hostettler suffered a heart attack in his westbound car.

Wanda was heading to the Stanford Post Office when the accident unfolded. She was the unfortunate victim in a very tragic traffic mishap.

In the wreck, the 71-year-old woman suffered two broken wrists, a broken hip, broken ankle, broken knee, broken upper and lower back, broken collar bone, lung injuries and multiple contusions, according to Arthur.

Wanda remained in the hospital for several weeks and was recently released to a rehab center -- Garden Villa -- in Bloomington where she will have a very long recovery.

One of the real treats and highlights of the benefit was that Wanda got to come visit with some of her family, friends and neighbors who turned out to extend a helping hand and open up their pocket books.

She got the "free ride" to the fundraiser from Monroe Hospital Ambulance Service.

You know, the Rev. Billy Ed Hostettler was a good friend of mine and I know he would have just hated that he hurt someone in the wreck that claimed his life. I know for sure that Billy Ed is looking down from heaven and smiling that so many people turned out to help take some of the burden off Wanda and her family.

In the words of my friend, Billy Ed, I hope Wanda and her family can take some comfort what they have experienced since that horrible day on Aug. 5.

Billy Ed wrote, "Our journey of life has its twists and turns, joys and sorrows, victories and defeats, valleys and mountaintops."

I think the Deckards have experienced their share of these life journeys the past couple of months.

Last Saturday night was a victory on a mountaintop. Let's hope and pray there are plenty more to follow.

If you missed the event, Wanda would still love to hear from you.

Get well cards and letters can be sent to Garden Villa, Wanda Deckard, Room 208, 1100 S. Curry Pike, Bloomington, Ind., 47403-2629.

Nick is the assistant editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or 1-800-947-4487 or by e-mail at schneider.nick@gmail.com or nschneider@gcdailyworld.com. Follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/wordmaster1953.

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