With the Lord

As reported in the July/Aug 2016 issue.


Editor’s Note: The obituaries of Ruth Noelle Rosebery Herber and Diane Lea (Sands) Carlson appear below. It has been years since the passing of these dear saints, but their obituaries had not been published previously.


Ruth Noelle Roseberry Herber

December 25, 1920–March 3, 2011

Rev. Ralph Wilkes Herber

June 24, 1921–April 14, 2016

Ruth was born in Sierre Leone, British West Africa, where she was a C&MA third-culture kid. Ralph was born in Detroit, Mich. He attended Taylor University (Upland, Ind.) as a premed student but later changed his major.

In 1942, Ralph and Ruth became engaged, and together they answered God’s call to missions. They attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College) and married June 12, 1943, at Nyack. During their final year at college, the Herbers were appointed to Africa. They spent another semester at Taylor, followed by pastorates in Michigan and Kentucky, and departed for Switzerland in 1948 for French language study.

The Herbers began their missionary career in Mali, West Africa, where they served among the Senoufo people and were involved in construction, translation, teaching, and evangelism in Farakala. They also taught at the Central Bible School at Ntorosso, where Ralph served as director and Ruth oversaw women’s Bible classes.

In 1986 the Herbers were reassigned to Côte d’Ivoire, where they served as the field director couple and were involved in church planting among the Bambara people. They retired in January 1989 and settled in Florida near their children and families. They were actively involved with the Alliance Bible Church in Jacksonville, Fla. After Ruth’s death in 2011, Ralph moved to the Alliance Health Center in DeLand, Fla. He died in the Alliance Community for Retirement Living in DeLand.

Ruth and Ralph are survived by sons Robert and Ralph; daughters Sharon and Patricia; 8 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.


Diane Lea (Sands) Carlson

August 21, 1942–September 4, 2014

Born in St. Paul, Minn., to Maurice and Evelyn Sands, Diane was a life-long follower of Jesus. During her junior year of high school, she met Daniel (Dan) Carlson. They married at the age of 19 at the Warren (Minn.) Covenant Church on June 16, 1962.

Diane served with Dan for three years at Kodaikanal International School in south India as a dorm mother to more than 30 boys from many nationalities and religious backgrounds. She was known as a caring, concerned substitute mom.

After the Carlsons returned to the United States, Diane tutored English as a second language and other subjects in Waconia, Minn., schools. Many of her students became her friends and remained in touch with her for years afterward.

An active, loving grandmother, Diane enjoyed hosting birthday parties and other family events. She also was a woman of prayer and great faith, whose passing ended 10 years of suffering from a persistent autoimmune disease. Diane and Dan celebrated their 52nd anniversary while she was a patient at St. Mary’s (Mayo) Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Diane is survived by her husband; sons David, Brian, and Allen; and 8 grandchildren.


Beulah A. (Bylsma) Erickson

March 4, 1926–September 24, 2015

Born in Lynden, Wash., Beulah attended Simpson Bible Institute (now Simpson University in Redding, Calif.). On November 28, 1945, she married Harold Erickson in Seattle, Wash.

During more than 51 years of ministry, Beulah served alongside Harold in churches in Trego, Billings, Savage, and Belgrade, Mont.; and in Bigfork and Casper, Wyo., providing support to Harold in start-up churches in Trego and Belgrade. Beulah dedicated her life to mentoring women, leading children’s Bible clubs, and cooking for summer Bible camps and retreats. She also worked behind the scenes when Harold helped to establish Dickey Lake Bible Camp in Trego, Yellowstone Alliance Bible Camp, several Christian radio stations, and Mountain Top Ministries.

Beulah was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by daughters Joy, Elaine, Donna, and Doris; sons Bruce and Marvin; 15 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and 1 great–great grandchild.


Jeanine (Taylor) Chapman

August 27, 1930–October 28, 2015

Jeanine was born in Savannah, Ga. She attended Armstrong State University (formerly Armstrong State College) in Savannah, where she received a bachelor’s degree in nursing and specialized in neonatal care. On July 16, 1988, she married Rev. Donald L. Chapman in Savannah.

Jeanine served alongside Donald at First Alliance Church (Hendersonville, N.C.) for 27 years. She was dearly loved by the church family because of her sincere care for people. Jeanine also was an Alliance Women (now Great Commission Women) president, sang in the choir, and was a committed prayer warrior.

Jeanine is survived by her husband; daughters Dorcas, Cynthia, and Deborah; stepchildren Lawrence, Don, and Susan; 10 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.


Ruth Mildred Martin

June 10, 1919–October 28, 2015

Ruth was born in Albany, Ore., and later moved with her family to a Nebraska farm. She became a Christian while a teenager and committed her life to spreading the gospel through the C&MA.

Ruth enrolled in St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn.), where she met Dr. Alvin Martin. They married August 12, 1942, and were blessed with more than 60 years together until Alvin passed away in 2003.

After pastoring for several years, the Martins attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). In 1947, they departed for Palestine to serve as missionaries and were there when the nation of Israel was born. Their ministry in Israel became the passion of their lives.

In 1954, the couple returned to the States, initially settling in Minneapolis. In 1956, they moved to Regina, Sask., where Alvin served at Canadian Bible College (now Ambrose University, Calgary, Alta.). While raising their five children and volunteering at church, Ruth completed her master of religious education degree at Winona Lake (Ind.) School of Theology.

In 1972, Alvin and Ruth moved to California, where Alvin studied at Fuller Theological Seminary and Ruth worked at Gospel Light Publishing. When Alvin founded and directed Fuller’s distance learning program, Ruth worked full time alongside him until God called them back to Israel in 1987 to work with the United Christian Council. Retirement took them to Colorado Springs, Colo.; Topeka, Kans., and Wayzata, Minn. Through the years, Ruth’s gifts of music, memorization, recitation, hospitality, and teaching blessed many.

Ruth was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by sons Dan, Nathan, Darrell, and Keith; daughter Shirley; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.


Beuna V. Wolfe

January 8, 1924–November 6, 2015

Beuna was born in Stonewood, W.Va. In 1943, she married Rev. Raymond P. Wolfe, who served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He then completed his theological training at the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). Together they began a pastoral career that spanned several decades in the C&MA’s Southwestern District.

Beuna served alongside Raymond in churches in Bartlesville and Tulsa, Okla.; Van Buren, Ark. (1961–1963); and Harlingen (1963–1965), Fort Worth (1965–1976), Happy, and Amarillo, Tex. She was involved in the music and Sunday school programs of the churches they pastored and for many years served as the first district director of the Women’s Missionary Prayer Fellowship (now Great Commission Women).

Later Beuna supported Raymond’s ministries as a C&MA chaplain at Covenant Hospital and Carillon Life Care Community in Lubbock, Tex., where he served for more than 20 years.

Beuna was predeceased by her husband and son, Rick; she is survived by children Nodji, Ron, and Tim; 9 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and 2 great–great grandchildren.


Dr. Donald A. Miller

November 8, 1919–November 15, 2015

Donald was born in Huntingdon, Pa., the son of Rev. Tracy and Jessie M. Aikman Miller and the stepson of Alverda G. Corbin.

Donald attended Taylor University (Upland, Ind.), the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College), and Winona Lake (Ind.) School of Theology. He received an honorary doctorate from Nyack College, and Taylor University honored him as an outstanding alumnus.

On September 22, 1942, he married Doris in Massachusetts. One of her hymns, “In Remembrance of Thee,” was published in the Alliance hymnal.

During more than 50 years of ministry, Donald pastored churches in Milford, Mass.; and Ballston Spa (1944–1947), Olean (1947–1956), and Syracuse, N.Y. (1956–1967). His last 22 years of ministry were spent at Hope Church (nondenominational) in St. Louis, Mo. (1967–1989). He preached on the radio until he was 90 years old. Donald was most known for his passion for world missions, having traveled extensively to visit missionaries.

Donald was predeceased by his wife and daughter Marion; he is survived by son Donald; daughter Janice; 6 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.


Marjorie Webber

March 26, 1925–November 19, 2015

Marjorie was born in Bellevue, Ohio. She received Jesus while a child and dedicated her life to serving Him.

Marjorie worked at Moody Bible Institute for two years and attended Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bible College, where she met Rev. Wayne Webber. They married June 16, 1948, at Mt. Carmel Church in Bellevue.

During more than 42 years, Marjorie served alongside Wayne in his pastoral ministries. They founded and pastored the C&MA Church in Tiffin, Ohio, and then served churches in Vassar, Mich. (1974–1983); and Columbus, Ohio (1983–1996). Marjorie was known as a woman of prayer and effective mentor to women of all ages. She had a servant’s heart and loved people.

Marjorie was predeceased by her husband, daughter Marcia, and son Stephen; she is survived by daughter Linda; sons Dennis and Jared; 9 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.


Bonnie Burnett Braley

April 13, 1930–November 21, 2015

Born in Nashua, Iowa, Bonnie received her diploma in Christian education from St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.) in 1951. On June 4, 1950, she married Leonard (Len) E. Braley.

After serving C&MA churches in Muscatine, Iowa (1952); and Lincoln, Neb. (1954), the Braleys were appointed as missionaries to Cambodia, where they served from 1956–1957. After Bonnie was diagnosed with polio, they were evacuated to the States with Bonnie in an iron lung.

Being confined to a wheelchair did not deter Bonnie from ministry. She served alongside Len in his pastoral ministries in a C&MA church in Harrison, Ark. (1958), and they were both active in Westmont (Ill.) C&MA Church, where Len served as a deacon, elder, and Sunday school teacher and Bonnie was president of the church’s Women’s Missionary Prayer Fellowship (now Great Commission Women).

In 1975 when Indo-China refugees began arriving in America, Len and Bonnie were eager to help. They housed many families, and Bonnie taught them English. Later, as Cambodians settled in the Chicago area, the Braleys found themselves ministering to the very people to whom God had called them 30 years before. The couple helped to provide transportation and start a Bible study and later a worship service for Cambodian immigrants at the Wheaton (Ill.) C&MA Church.

After a woman who lost her leg during the war in Cambodia came to live with the Braleys, Bonnie taught her how to use a wheelchair. She also showed the mother of four that she could cook, clean, and care for her family despite being unable to walk.

Bonnie is survived by her husband; daughters Carol and Cheryl; 6 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.


Merle Edward Stombaugh

March 16, 1924–November 25, 2015

Merle was born in the coal-mining town of Portage, Pa. He was married to Marjorie Moyer for 57 years. At the height of World War II he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and became a medic. Merle was attached to a Marine unit that was in the first wave to hit Normandy Beach on D-Day. Though not yet enrolled in Bible college, he served Communion to the troops as they made the crossing from England to France.

After the war, Merle attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.) and Kletzing College near Des Moines, Iowa. During more than 35 years of C&MA ministry, he served churches in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (1954–1958); Superior, Wis. (1958–1964); Palm Springs, Fla. (1972–1976); Nassau, Bahamas (1977–1979); and New Port Richey, Fla. (1979–1989).

After his first wife died, Merle married Mary Boland Murray on June 12, 2010.

Merle is survived by his wife; sons Duane, Alan, and Tim; and daughter Eileen.


Rev. Charles (Chuck) F. S. Stamm

November 19, 1930–December 13, 2015

Chuck was born in Mali, West Africa, to Charles F. and Sadie Klopfenstein Stamm, who served as C&MA missionaries to Africa for more than 30 years. He attended the Alliance school in Mamou, Guinea. On November 8, 1958, he married Norene Hodes at Ebenezer Bible Fellowship Church in Bethlehem, Pa.

Chuck received a BA from Bob Jones School of Religion (now Bob Jones University, Greenville, S.C.). He then earned a bachelor of science from Nyack (N.Y.) Missionary College (now Nyack College). In 1961 he received an MS in education from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta. He also earned a master of education from the University of Rochester (N.Y.), with a concentration in counseling.

Chuck served the Danville (Pa.) C&MA Church for seven years and was a guest minister at many other churches and campgrounds. He also was a public educator for nearly 40 years, having taught in Catasauqua, Pa., and was the Danville School District’s elementary guidance counselor. Chuck was the chaplain of the Christian Motorcyclists Association for more than 20 years. He was known for being an encourager and for his heart for God.

Chuck is survived by his wife; sons Brett and Brian; daughter Becki; and 7 grandchildren.


Jane M. (Hamilton) Jackson

January 30, 1922–December 17, 2015

Jane was born in Chippewa Township, Pa. She attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College), earned a BS in elementary education from Geneva College (Beaver Falls, Pa.), and received her master’s in education from Westminster College (New Wilmington, Pa.). On March 29, 1975, Jane married Rev. Homer J. Jackson.

During 34 years of C&MA ministry, Jane served as a teacher in Gabon and Guinea, West Africa. She concluded her teaching career in Malaysia at Dalat International School. Jane later worked at the C&MA headquarters in New York City and then served at Chapel Pointe in Carlisle, Pa.
Jane and Homer returned home to care for her aging parents. She was a member of Marion Hill Alliance Church in New Brighton, Pa., where she served for many years as a Sunday school teacher.

Jane was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by two brothers; four sisters; and many nieces and nephews.

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