EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fifth of a seven-part series profiling the women chosen as the 2007 Women of Distinction by the Heart of Texas Girl Scout Council.

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

Priscilla Monson’s resume is a full three pages, a third of which detail the organizations, volunteer services and community activities she’s involved with.

But Monson can also describe the important elements of her life in three words — faith, family and friends.

“I’d like every day to be lived for Christ,” Monson said. “That reflects my upbringing, but also everything I’ve come to believe.”

Monson grew up in Brownwood, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Texas A&M University, and, in 1995, returned to Brownwood with her husband, Chris. Monson is the owner of West/Central Texas Valuation Services. She also is an adjunct professor of finance at Howard Payne University. “But my most important job is that of being a mother to Jay, 5, and John, 4, and a wife to Chris,” Monson said.

Monson is a volunteer in numerous service and civic organizations, including serving as a past chair for the Brown County United Way. In 2005 Monson chaired the Committee for School Improvement in support of the Brownwood Independent School District’s $29.4 million bond election. In April, Monson was one of eight community members to receive the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce “Feels Like Home Good Neighbor” award, presented for the first time this year.

“I think being involved is a way to touch other peoples’ lives,” Monson said.

Growing up in Brownwood, she said, her life was wrapped up in family and church, the same environment the Monsons want for their sons. To have that, it means Chris Monson commutes to Dallas from Brownwood to make his flights.

Priscilla Monson was in her 20s when her parents died.

“At the time I had not yet married, not had my children. Their loss was a great loss for me, but what I’ve witnessed is that so many people have stepped in and helped me, been part of my life,” Monson said.

“To live in a community like ours where family and friends are involved and helping each other through life’s processes, makes me see God’s work in my life. He has put so many people in my path for me and their presence is such an incredible comfort.”

Monson said losing her parents as a young adult taught her that one can never know what life is going to bring, or what you’re going to go through.

In the classes she teaches at Howard Payne, Monson said, she tries to counsel students that it’s easy to get lost in worldly definitions.

“I try to get students to think about who they are and make their decisions by what’s right in their heart. By being true to God’s word, being grateful and content for His blessing — that affords you a peace, which allows you to be true to yourself.”