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With the Lord

As reported in the Sept/Oct 2015 issue.

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Marion L. Carlson

December 30, 1918–February 12, 2015

Born in Brockton, Mass., Marion attended Burdett College (Boston, Mass.) and worked as a secretary for several years. On April 4, 1941, she married Rev. John R. Carlson at Olivet Memorial Church in Brockton, where she served as organist and pianist. In 1946, the Carlsons enrolled in the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College), graduating in 1951. During 30 years of C&MA ministry, Marion served alongside John as he pastored churches in Burlington, Vt. (1951–1960); West Hartford and Stratford, Conn. (1960–1974); and Bennington, Vt. (1974–1981). In addition to assisting John in church ministries, Marion was a gifted musician and played during church services, family gatherings, and weddings. She was known for being a woman of faith who helped people in need. Upon retiring in 1981, the Carlsons moved to Cambridge, N.Y., where they resided for many years before returning to Bennington. Marion was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Rev. Phan Nguyen

September 17, 1921–February 12, 2015

Phan was born in Binh Tri Dong, Cho Lon, Vietnam. At 17 years of age, he left home to work at a printing company founded by C&MA missionaries. After hearing God’s call to ministry, Phan enrolled in Da Nang Bible College. On July 15, 1956, he married Le-Thu Huynh. During 32 years of C&MA ministry, Phan pastored churches in Dong Phu province, Can Duoc, and Saigon, Vietnam. After the Nguyens left the country in 1975, Phan was asked to pastor the first Vietnamese C&MA church in the United States, which had been established in Lincoln, Neb. He faithfully served there until retiring in 1986. During the early years of his retirement, Phan preached monthly in other Vietnamese churches and served as interim pastor for nearly a year. Phan is survived by his wife; daughters Anh and Le-Thanh; sons Tan and An; 7 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild. He was predeceased by a grandson, Jonathan.

Jean Northcott

January 1, 1928–February 19, 2015

Jean was born in Toronto, Canada, and attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). During nearly 25 years of C&MA ministry, she served as a missionary among Native Americans in Bena, Minn., alongside her colleague Polly Wetzel. Later, Jean worked for 25 years at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. She had the gift of evangelism and was a volunteer with Sunnybrook’s chaplaincy department, sometimes visiting patients during her lunch hour. Rev. Craig Smith, longtime C&MA evangelist and leader in the Native American District, stated that Jean had a lasting impact on him as a child. At her memorial service, it was reported that five generations of Craig’s family are serving the Lord as a result of Jean’s ministry. Jean is survived by her sisters, nieces, and nephews.

Rev. Charles Bossert

May 9, 1926–February 21, 2015
Charles was born in Ingolsheim, France. At the age of 17 he was forced into the German army and was a prisoner of war for two years. Then Charles served with the French Air Company for more than four years. While in Africa in 1950, Charles met French and American missionaries, who shared the gospel with him. He gave his life to Christ and simultaneously received a call to missions. After contacting the C&MA and asking to serve as a missionary, he enrolled in the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). In June 1955, Charles sailed for Africa, settling in Somasso, Mali, the town where he had given his life to the Lord. Charles met Henriette Kintzinger, also a French national, after the Lord called her to serve Him in Africa. They married in Somasso on October 7, 1956. They retired in August 1993 after serving 41 years with the C&MA. Charles was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by daughters Christiane, Marthe, and Eve-Marie.

Patricia (Patty) M. Willyard

January 3, 1927–February 24, 2015

Patty was born in Burbank, Calif. She attended Ventura (Calif.) Junior College and received her BA from Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky. On August 11, 1946, she married Rev. Paul O. Willyard in Ventura, Calif. During 35 years of C&MA ministry, Patty served alongside Paul in churches in Long Beach, Redding, Fresno, and Stockton, Calif., and in Reno, Nev. She was prominent in leading and teaching children’s ministries/choirs and sang many duets with her husband. Patty was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by sons John and Daniel; daughter Ann; 9 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

Robert (Bob) Joseph Adams

March 28, 1917–February 27, 2015

Born in St. Petersburg, Fla., Bob attended Florida Bible Institute (now Trinity College in New Port Richey, Fla.) and the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). In 1939, immediately after graduation, he married his first wife, Betty. During 36 years of C&MA ministry, the couple served churches in Birmingham, Ala., and Avondale Estates, Ga., and were missionaries to Africa, where they were involved in bush and Bible school ministry, training pastors in Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) and Mali and serving as house parents at C&MA boarding schools. They returned to the United States in 1981 and retired from missionary service in 1982. After an extended illness, Betty died in 2001. On November 16, 2003, Bob married Lynne. They attended Westwood Church (C&MA) in Orlando, Fla., where they served as intercessors and prayer warriors. Bob was predeceased by his first wife, Betty, and a son, John; he is survived by his wife Lynne; sons David, Steven, and Gordon; daughter Rose; 10 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

1 response to With the Lord

  1. As a young Alliance pastor, just starting out, John & Marion Carlson were a great blessing to me. Kind, humble people whose love for the Lord radiated from them, they took the time to call occasionally and visit a couple of times to invest in a young brother they’d only met a couple times at District Conferences. I thank the Lord for Marion’s life & ministry.

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