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As reported in the Jul/Aug 2018 issue.

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Myrn McCord

March 1, 1954–December 22, 2017

Myrn attended Naukati Bay (Alaska) Alliance Church, where she ministered alongside her husband, Steve. The couple had met at the C&MA Church in Roseburg, Ore.; they married in 1991. After Steve served on a work team in 2002 to build the Naukati church, his pastor asked him to consider relocating there to lead the church. The McCords moved to Naukati in 2008; they housesat and lived in a mobile home until the parsonage was completed.

Myrn poured herself into the community. She worked with children at the local school, was a Community Connections support specialist, and served with the church youth group and VBS. Myrn received the “Women Who Rock” award in 2014 from Prince of Whales’ domestic violence prevention organization for her service to youth and families. She and Steve were also therapeutic foster parents.

Myrn returned to school at age 57 and completed her bachelor’s degree in social work, graduating with honors, and enrolled in a master’s program in biblical counseling. She was a cofounder of Eagle’s Wings Ministries, a faith-based recovery center for women.

Myrn is survived by her husband; sons Daniel and Andrew; daughter Marnie; and 5 grandchildren; she was predeceased by her daughter Crystal.

Rev. C. David Mangham Sr.

June 19, 1925–February 4, 2018

Born in Atlanta, Ga., David was the son of the late T. Grady (T. G.) and Marguarite (“Mother”) Mangham and was a 1946 graduate of the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). He was a C&MA pastor and denominational leader for more than 50 years. Along with his wife, Harriet, David served churches in Fort Myers, Fla.; Tuscaloosa and Prattville, Ala.; Minneola, Fla.; Huntsville, Ala.; Washington, D.C.; and East Lake, Atlanta, Ga.    

In 1978, David was elected district superintendent of the C&MA’s West Central District, serving three terms. In 1986, he returned to First Alliance Church of Huntsville, Ala., where he was pastor until his retirement in 1988. David also was interim pastor in several central Florida C&MA churches. 

David is survived by his wife; son David and daughter Becki; 4 granddaughters; and 6 great grandchildren.

Thelma Sophronia Sluyter

August 17, 1914–February 5, 2018

Born in Waverly, N.Y., Thelma attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). On September 2, 1936, she married Allen Merle Sluyter.

During more than 41 years of C&MA ministry, the couple served in Ballston Spa, N.Y. (1936–1939), and were missionaries to Peru for 38 years. While Merle was field director, the Lord impressed upon the Sluyters the deep spiritual need in Lima, the capital, where there were no churches. The first C&MA congregation in the city began in the couple’s living room with a Christian domestic worker attending. The fellowship eventually outgrew the Sluyters’ home and blossomed into a tremendous work in Lima. Today, there are more than 50 C&MA churches in Lima, with thousands of people attending multiple Sunday services.     

The Sluyters retired to Tampa, Fla. After Merle died, Thelma moved to Bradenton (Fla.) Missionary Village. She facilitated Bible studies in two nursing homes until the age of 93. In 2007, Thelma moved to Lino Lakes, Minn., to be near her daughter. She lived to be 103.

Thelma was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by children John, David, and Lois; 8 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and 2 great–great grandchildren.   

Elizabeth B. (Betty) Brokaw

August 17, 1920–February 10, 2018

Born in Wilmington, Del., Betty attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College), where she met her husband, John (Jack) Garretson Brokaw. After graduation, Betty was a supervisor in a day nursery in Newark, N.J. She and Jack married on May 30, 1944.

During more than 37 years of C&MA ministry, Betty served alongside Jack in Camden, N.J.; Troy and Oneida, N.Y.; Paramus, N.J.; and Boonville, Hayts Corners, Schenectady, and Tracy Creek Vestal, N.Y. She worked with children, led women’s ministries in several churches, and hosted countless dinners and church functions. Betty and Jack were also foster parents, having cared for more than 90 children from newborns to 12-year-olds. A talented seamstress and painter, Betty was always willing to help friends and neighbors. 

Betty was predeceased by her husband; son John G. Brokaw III; and grandson Caleb; she is survived by daughters Jean, Carol, and Christie; son Timothy; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren.

Astrid (Anderson) Cathey

December 4, 1923–February 15, 2018

Born in Locust Valley, Long Island, N.Y., Astrid received her BA in Christian education from Bob Jones University, where she met Gordon Morgan Cathey. They married on July 16, 1949.

During 43 years of full-time ministry and nearly 18 years of interim work, Astrid served alongside Gordon in churches in Charlottesville, Va. (1949–1953); Pittsburgh, Pa. (1953–1956); White Plains, N.Y. (1956–1964); Saigon, Vietnam (1964–1969); Louisville, Ky. (1969–1975); and Silver Spring, Md. (1985–1992). She led Bible studies and children’s ministries, reached out to single parents, and mentored young women in ministry. Astrid also worked at World Relief in the placement of Vietnamese refugees when Gordon was vice president for General Services at the C&MA National Office in Nyack, N.Y. (1975–1985). After retiring in 1992, she and Gordon were involved in interim ministry in Gaithersburg, Md.; Louisville, Ky.; and Naples, Fla.

With her compassionate heart, Astrid developed unique ministries, including a Sunday school class for children with special needs. She was an artist and a seamstress who made her own wedding dress, and she wrote personalized books for her grandchildren.

Astrid is survived by her husband; daughter Carolyn; son Gordon Leland; 4 grandchildren; and 1 great granddaughter.

Linda Lee Hustad

January 28, 1947–February 17, 2018

Linda was born in Sioux Falls, S.Dak., and committed her life to Christ at an early age. She attended the University of Minnesota and graduated from Bethel University (Arden Hills, Minn.). On August 9, 1968, she married Dr. Arnie Hustad.

During 30 years of ministry, Linda served alongside Arnie as he pastored the C&MA church in Staples, Minn. In 1975, they began ministry at Crown College (St. Bonifacius, Minn.), where Arnie taught theology and Linda worked for 28 years in various roles, including administrative assistant in the Office of Finance and the director of Human Resources. She assisted in the Christian education program of her church, participated in a neighborhood Bible study, and cared for her parents.

Linda is survived by her husband; daughter Dawn and son Robert; and 6 grandchildren; she was predeceased by a grandson.

Dr. Luther Edmond (Ed) Gray

November 24, 1928–February 22, 2018

Born to a sharecropper family in Neshoba County, Miss., Ed dropped out of school in third grade to help on the farms. He received Christ in 1944, completed high school, and attended Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College, where he met Agnes Woerner. They married July 2, 1951.

During more than 34 years of C&MA ministry, Ed served churches in Elberta and Birmingham, Ala., and started Brent Alliance Church (Pensacola, Fla.). He also was executive director of Waterfront Rescue Mission and president of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. While at Waterfront, he started several thrift stores to fund the ministry, which expanded to Mobile and Ft. Walton. Ed later served as a cofounder of the Association of Christian Thrift Stores and helped start more than 100 stores for Rescue Missions and other ministries. He volunteered at the Waterfront Women’s Shelter, continued to be active in local civic and service groups, and served as Board trustee for Toccoa Falls College (1986–2011).

Ed is survived by his wife; children Jean, Leo, Donna, Gary, and Angie; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.

Margarette (Peggy) Marion (Patrick) Gardner

November 27, 1918–March 2, 2018

Born in Bay City, Mich., Peggy married Rev. Gerald T. Gardner on December 31, 1936; they enjoyed 70 years of marriage.

For more than 36 years, Peggy served with Gerald in C&MA churches in Carsonville, Emmett (1958–1964), and Vassar, Mich. (1964–1968); Findlay, Ohio (1968–1973); and Pensacola, Fla. (1973–1986). She was a Sunday school teacher, prayer warrior, and former president of the Ladies’ Missionary Society of the C&MA. 

Peggy was predeceased by her husband; daughter Linda; 3 grandchildren; and 1 great grandson; she is survived by daughters Gail, Barbara, and Martha; 9 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren and great–great grandchildren. 

Rev. Leon L. Jensen

October 30, 1925–March 2, 2018

Born in Tyler, Minn., Leon served in the U.S. Army in Japan during WWII and was honorably discharged. He was a farmer for three years and then received a degree in pastoral training from St. Paul Bible Institute (now Crown College, St. Bonifacious, Minn.). On November 27, 1947, Leon married Lois M. Bird; they celebrated more than 70 years of marriage. Throughout his life, he proclaimed the gospel to everyone he met.

During more than 39 years of C&MA ministry, Leon served as a pastor in Wagner, S.Dak. (1951–1957); Echo, Minn. (1957–1960); Belgrade, Mont. (1960–1963); Aberdeen, S.Dak. (1963–1977); Great Falls (1977–1979) and Billings, Mont. (1979–1983); and Elk River, Minn. (1983–1990). He was also an interim pastor and was involved in camp ministry (1990–1992). Upon retirement, Leon served with his son Jim as visitation pastor in Chilton, Wis. (1992–2017).

Leon is survived by his wife; children Sue, Jim, Joy, and Ron; 10 grandchildren; and 21 great grandchildren.

Anne Murray Epperson

May 31, 1919–March 5, 2018

Anne was born in Raleigh, N.C., and received a degree in history and art from Meredith College in Raleigh. On December 14, 1940, she married Dr. Charles A. Epperson.

Anne and Charles served churches in Raleigh, S.C.; High Point, N.C.; Louisville, Ky.; and Orlando, Fla.; and in Epperson Bible Ministries. They also founded Maranatha Fellowship in Orlando, where the couple served for more than five years until Charles’s death. Anne was a Bible teacher in Louisville and Orlando.

Anne was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by daughters Joy and Judy; 4 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

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