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As reported in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue.

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Marilyn Morgan Simmons

February 13, 1953–June 13, 2018

Born in Chattanooga, Tenn., Marilyn graduated from Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Following graduation, she married Edwin (Eddy) Craig Simmons on August 20, 1977, in Chattanooga. Marilyn also received a master’s in special education from the University of Alabama in 1995.

As a pastor’s wife, Marilyn served alongside Eddy for 40 years in C&MA churches in Hartwell, Ga.; Barnwell, S.C.; and Oneonta, Ala. She taught Sunday school classes, directed vacation Bible schools, was a Christian education director, and ministered as the church pianist wherever they served. Marilyn and Eddy were the pastoral couple at the Hartwell Alliance Church two separate times for a total of 29 years. Marilyn was also a teacher for 32 years, having worked in Hart County, Calvary Christian School, Oneonta City Schools, Blount County Schools, and the Franklin County School.

Marilyn is survived by her husband; son Stephen; and 1 granddaughter.

E. Virginia (Ginny) Hedger

August 22, 1922–September 4, 2018

Ginny was born in Elizabeth, N.J., and grew up in Lisbon Falls, Maine. On August 26, 1947, she married Rev. James (Jim) V. Hedger, whom she had met in Nanuet, N.Y., while he was a student at the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). They celebrated their 71st anniversary this year.

For more than 35 years of C&MA ministry, the couple served five churches in the Northeastern District. At each congregation, Ginny helped in any way she could. She also loved serving in the kitchen at Delta Lake Bible Conference Center (Rome, N.Y).

Ginny is survived by her husband; daughter Sue; son Tim; 6 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

Rev. Vernon (Vern) C. Borchert

October 17, 1942–September 8, 2018

Born in Lackawanna, N.Y., and raised in Buffalo, Vern earned a degree in industrial engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University, Flint, Mich.) and a biblical studies degree from Buffalo Bible Institute credited through Houghton (N.Y.) College. He married Lorrie Keane on September 2, 1967.

During more than 45 years of C&MA ministry, Vern pastored churches in Tyrone (1969–1973), New Castle (1973–1977), and Gibsonia, Pa. (1977–1983 and 2009–2015). He was also the founder and a former executive director of The Lighthouse Foundation in Butler, Pa. Vern devoted his life to others and saw people as Jesus did.

Vern is survived by his wife; sons Philip and Daniel, who is a C&MA pastor; and 4 grandchildren.

Jean A. Livingston

August 11, 1931–September 13, 2018

Jean was born in St. Petersburg, Fla., and received a BS from Asbury College (now Asbury University, Wilmore, Ky.). There she met James H. Livingston; they married July 20, 1953.

James and Jean dedicated their lives to missions. During their 39 years of C&MA ministry, they served in Vietnam (1957–1970), at Dalat School in Malaysia (1970–1989), and in the Philippines, where they were involved in relief work (1989–1996).

Jean’s varied ministries were infused with creativity. She was a speaker, a painter, a teacher, and an author. Jean took every opportunity to share Christ’s love, whether at churches, while teaching, or making friends at the local nail salon.

Jean is survived by her husband; children Stephen, Nancy, Ramona, and Tara; 15 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.

Rev. Daniel (Dan) B. Crom

February 24, 1947–September 19, 2018

Born in Minneapolis, Minn., Dan served in the U.S. Army after high school. In 1968 he married Sandy Ellis; they celebrated 50 years of marriage last year. Dan attended Northwestern College (now University of Northwestern) and Oak Hills Bible College in Minnesota and continued his education at Western Seminary in Oregon and Trinity Seminary (Deerfield, Ill.).

During 27 years of C&MA ministry, Dan served as a pastor in Hibbing, Minn. (1980–1985); Colorado Springs, Colo. (1985–1989); and Sheboygan (1989–2007) and West Bend, Wis. (2008–2009). He spent a year reorganizing and stabilizing the church in West Bend. In addition, Dan planted churches in Nashwauk, Minn.; and Kiel, Wis.

One of Dan’s greatest joys was discipling men to become godly leaders in their homes and churches. He led many Evangelism Explosions seminars throughout the country and was active in discipleship ministries until the last weeks of his life. Dan was also known for his love of fishing, camping, scuba diving, and Star Wars. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Kansas City Barbeque Society.

Dan is survived by his wife; children Dean and Mia; and 2 grandchildren.

Rev. Anthony Guenther

April 21, 1919–October 1, 2018

Born in Gretna, MB, Anthony attended Winnipeg Bible College and the Salvation Army Bible College in Toronto, ON. While a student in Toronto, he was asked to speak at an Intervarsity Christian Fellowship meeting in Windsor, ON. There he met Isabel Dubs; they married August 11, 1945. Anthony completed his education at Nyack (N.Y.) Missionary College (now Nyack College).

Anthony took his first pastorate in Chatham, ON (1946–1950), where he was ordained with the C&MA. During more than 38 years of Alliance ministry, he pastored churches in Guelph (1950–1956) and Niagara Falls, ON (1956–1963); and Eau Claire, Wis. (1963–1966). He also served with the North American Baptists in Pound, Wis.; Brooklyn Center, Minn.; and Corona, N.Dak. Anthony retired from full-time pastoral ministry in 1991, having served a total of 45 years as a pastor. Following retirement, he was a chaplain to seniors.

Anthony was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by daughters Donna, Joyce, and Ann; and his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Rev. Hubert (Bert) John Warden

April 15, 1921–October 8, 2018

Born in Quesnel, BC, Bert received Christ while in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. He was the first in his family to become a Christian. Soon after, his parents and sister accepted Jesus.

Bert attended Western Canadian Bible Institute. In 1948, he married Lena Dohms. They ministered at an orphanage in Cuba until Bert contracted polio, forcing them to return to Canada. Later, they continued their work in Cuba until the government outlawed religious instruction.

Bert also started the first Hispanic Alliance church in Miami. After transitioning the congregation to a Cuban pastor, he served in Spanish- and English-speaking churches in the Miami area. The Wardens returned to Canada in 1983, serving churches in the Canadian C&MA’s Pacific District. A writer and contributing editor of Alliance Life, Bert was passionate about seeing evangelistic literature disseminated in Latin America. All the Wardens’ children have ministered with the C&MA; their grandchildren and great grandchildren also serve Jesus.

Bert was predeceased by his wife. He is survived by children Len, Gaileen, Joy, Judy, Evan, Lori, and Bonnie; 16 grandchildren; and 27 great grandchildren.

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