Sister Violet Emma Stelter Befus, wife of the late Rev. John Befus entered the more immediate presence of the Lord on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at Salemtowne Retirement Community, Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 93 years old.
Violet was born May 14, 1921 in Lamont, Alberta, Canada. After becoming a registered nurse and marrying John Befus, she served with him 25 years in the communities of La Luz, Bilwas Karma, and Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua. Violet’s ministries include teaching, playing the organ and leading choirs, organizing youth groups and providing counsel to young women.
John and Violet later served in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada; Philadelphia, Pa.; and the Fries Memorial congregation in Winston-Salem, where Violet remained a member. In 2000, they moved to Salemtowne, where she continued an active and cheerful witness after John’s death later that year. Throughout her life she embodied a personal philosophy in keeping with her name—to “bloom where you are planted.”
She is survived by three children: Ruth and husband John Snyder; Gerry Befus and wife Debbie Allgood; and Tim Befus. Violet is also survived by six grandchildren—Rick Snyder, Randy Snyder, Greg Snyder, Eva Mullinax, Deanna Befus, Michelle Befus—as well as eight great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held Saturday, January 24, at 1:00 p.m. at God’s Acre, in Salem with the Reverend Kelly Moore officiating, followed by a memorial service led by Chaplain Linda Browne at 3:00 p.m., in the Saal at Salemtowne.
From the March 2015 Moravian Magazine