WARREN - Since 1977, Betty Strawderman has helped take care of homeless children in her home and to many is considered to be royalty.
The Queen for a Day Foundation officially recognized her as Queen for a Day with a coronation ceremony held at the Trumbull Art Gallery.
The distinction was a surprise for Strawderman, who currently has 15 children in her care at her 1,000-square-foot home. Her efforts have been referred to as Betty's Angels.
"We've received several nominations and every one of them is deserving, but we thought Betty was special because of the love she's given and the work that she's done," said Jennifer Campbell, founder of Queen for a Day.
The coronation includes a proclamation from Warren Mayor Doug Franklin, a shopping spree, luncheon and makeover.
Campbell said Strawderman is "extremely selfless and gives the children the security of belonging and permanence in their lives."
At the reception, tributes were made for Strawderman from family and friends.
Friends noted that Strawderman helps all the children in her care enjoy a full life with her sacrifice and dedication.
"She provides a safe place to call home for many children. She is selfless and gives the children the security and sense of belonging and permanence in their lives," Campbell said.
Keith Taden, one of the first children Strawderman took care of, said "She taught us it was sometimes necessary to make small sacrifices so someone else does not have to sacrifice a lot. That's what she taught us."