Pioneer Gabon Missionary Dies

Mrs. Ruth A. Parliman, retired missionary to Gabon, went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 10, 2006. Parliman, who grew up in the Lake Erie region, received her Call from God at a Beulah Beach convention. She attended Missionary Training Institute (Nyack College) in Nyack, New York, where she met and married J. Austin. The couple served in pastorates of the Southwestern District before sailing for Gabon in 1945. They opened a mission center at Guevede among the Mitsogos—one of the most primitive people groups. 
     The Parlimans transcribed the Mitsogo lanuage to written form, were assigned as field director couple and served in church planting, including the strategic mining town of Mounana. Through their outreach, the Lord brought salvation to two tribes, previously unreached.  
     The Parlimans retired from overseas ministry in 1988 but continued to serve in Poughkeepsie Alliance Church until Rev. Parliman passed away in 1993. Mrs. Parliman moved to Manor Care Health Services in Carlisle where she remained until her death. She is survived by two daughters and a son. Funeral services will be held July 17 at the Poughkeepsie Alliance Church at 11:30 a.m.


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