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Category: Obituaries

Spencer Austin, Longtime Church Leader, Has Died

Spencer P. Austin, a respected church leader whose work in the late 1950s and early 1960s led to the creation of the Christian Church Foundation, died April 21. He was 100. Austin was head of Unified Promotion and was the leading proponent for the creation of a foundation to serve the Christian Church (Disciples of […]

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Posted on May 6, 2010
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Christian Theological Seminary Remembers Benefactor, Ruth Lilly

A notable philanthropist who did much for Disciples-related institutions is being fondly remembered. Ruth Lilly, who died on Dec. 30 at the age of 94, will be especially missed by Christian Theological Seminary, whose library benefited greatly from her gifts. That library continues to receive assistance from the Ruth Lilly Library Acquisition Endowment. Lilly was […]

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Posted on January 29, 2010
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Former Disciples Missionary and Christian Educator Mabel Metze dies at 102

The Division of Overseas Ministries/Global Ministries and Disciples Home Missions announce the passing of Reverend Mabel Metze, on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, at the age of 102.  Mabel was a missionary who served in the Philippines from 1968-1974, as a teacher of church history (including Philippines church history).  Mabel taught at the Ellinwood College of […]

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Posted on December 2, 2009
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Renowned Music Professor At Texas Christian University Dies

Ronald L. Shirey, professor of music at Texas Christian University and choirmaster at University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Fort Worth, Texas for 36 years, died Nov. 1 after collapsing in his Fort Worth home while preparing for church. He was 76. Shirey is the former Chorus Director for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and […]

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Posted on November 6, 2009
Filed under: Higher Education, Obituaries
Marilyn Digweed, Former Disciples Missionary To Africa Dies

The Division of Overseas Ministries/Global Ministries and the Division of Homeland Ministries (now known as Disciples Home Missions) announces the passing of former missionary Marilyn G. Digweed on Saturday, August 22, 2009.  Marilyn served as a missionary to Nigeria from 1967-1970 and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) from 1971-1973. Marilyn was a […]

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Posted on September 10, 2009
Filed under: Obituaries, Overseas Ministries
Former Vice President At Christian Board Of Publication Dies

A former executive with the Christian Board of Publication has died. Joseph H. "Joe" Bragg Jr., 80, died June 20 in Tampa, Fla., where he resided. Bragg served for many years in the General Editorial Division. A memorial service and visitation will be held at 3 p.m. July 12 at Woodmont Christian Church (Disciples of […]

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Posted on July 10, 2009
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Former Division Of Overseas Ministries Missionary To Mexico Dies

The Division of Overseas Ministries/Global Ministries announces the passing of Courtney Swander on Tuesday, June 10, 2009, at the age of 84.  Courtney, along with his wife, Lois (Grimes), served as missionaries in Mexico in the field of social service from 1958-1991.  Courtney was born in Portland Oregon and received a BS degree in journalism […]

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Posted on June 24, 2009
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