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South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Obituary: Sister Violet Emma Stelter Befus

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.

 

Moravian Daily Texts

04/27/2017

Thursday, April 27 — Psalm 55:9–15

Job 32,33; 1 Corinthians 7:17–24

Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:18–19

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree.” Luke 13:19

Through the gift of the amazing variety of seeds on earth, you feed our hunger, give us shelter and clothing, help us to wisely use our soil and give us beauty and pleasure. Through these gifts, you give us the ability to live, to grow, and to serve and be served by others. Give all people in this world, we pray, the seeds of hope and nourishment, and help us to do our part in serving others. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

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