The Kentucky Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (KEAFCS) of which the Letcher County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences is a member, recently presented Frances Whitaker a Friends of KEAFCS Award at its state meeting in Lexington.
Whitaker has been a longtime Extension friend and supporter, joining Extension Homemakers in 1965. As she moved about with her husband, Stewart, in his career, she worked with the Extension Service in seven counties in southeastern Kentucky. They have now settled in Letcher County, where they are active in various agriculture and family and consumer science activities.
She was a nutrition assistant with Extension’s Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education Program in Harlan County when the program was piloted there in 1969. In 1993, Whitaker learned to make baskets at an Extension-sponsored workshop and has become a master basketmaker and teacher, having taught basket workshops in at least eight counties.