5051. “Geneva (Noren) Christensen,” Christian Rest Home Association Newsletter, Summer 2014, 4,6,
Geneva (Noren) Christensen learned from a young age to depend on God. She was born in 1925, the third of four children raised on a subsistence farm in western Kansas. “The hub of our life was the nearest Evangelical Covenant Church,” she says, but the family only had enough money to drive there every other week. “We lived through the Depression, Dust Bowl, and dirt storms. Our struggles to exist made us close,” she says.

Close as she was to her family, Geneva didn’t let on that, already as a young girl, she felt called to the mission field. Just before Geneva earned her R.N. degree at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, her mom asked in a letter what she planned to do with her degree. “It was the first time I divulged my plan. Mother wrote back, ‘Before you were born, we dedicated you to the Lord’s service,’” she says.

Geneva describes herself as a strong-willed person who gradually learned to listen to God rather than tell God what she was going to do for him. “I’d been telling the Lord I was going to China, never Africa, because Africa had more missionaries per capita. I also told him I was going to stay single, on the advice of other women who were missionaries,” she says.

Imagine her confusion when she met Gordon Christensen, a gifted speaker who planned to go into missions. “There was a spiritual oneness with him that I’d never had with anyone. I complained to the Lord, because I had no intention of getting married. The Lord gave me Psalm 84:11: ‘The Lord is a sun and shield…no good thing will he withhold from them who walk uprightly,’” she recalls.

Geneva ended up in the Belgian Congo. A year later, Gordon moved there and married her. They served 40 years in the Congo and Zaire, a fascinating story detailed in the book Fire in their Bones, by Philip Randall with Gordon and Geneva Christensen. Their first child, Susan, helped them do “baby buggy evangelism,” because she was the first white child that many Congolese had ever seen or held. “My brother Ed and his family joined us in the Congo, and our sister, Evelyn, became a missionary too. Our younger brother stayed near my parents. His family and my parents were like parents to our three children when they were in college,” she says.

The Christensens retired to Florida yet remained active in evangelism, speaking, and teaching. Gordon has had Parkinson’s for more years than people usually survive it and also developed dementia. Their three children and six grandchildren realized in summer 2013 that Gordon needed more care than Geneva could provide at home. “Our daughter Mary Lynne lives near Detroit. She knew about Christian Rest Home because my brother Ed’s widow, Ruth, lives in Ritzema Hall,” Geneva says.

Geneva now lives in Edison Manor and spends much of each day with Gordon in Christian Rest Home. “It’s a plus for Gordon that there are male attendants. And the Lord is doing a wondrous thing, because Gordon still knows the Scriptures, loves to pray, and loves to have me read him stories about missionaries. Still, it’s hard to see your loved one deteriorate. The Lord gives me strength day by day. I pray and I pray and I pray. I read the Word. And if concerns keep me awake, I get up and sing through the hymnal. Two very kind couples take us each Sunday to First Evangelical Covenant Church,” she says.
File: newsletter Summer 2014
5052. “Memorial Service Thursday for Edwin D. Noren,”
GRAND RAPIDS, MI (June 18, 2012) – A memorial service for retired Evangelical Covenant Church pastor and missionary Edwin D. Noren will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Covenant Church. Noren, 88, died Sunday.

Noren was born April 27, 1924, in Oberlin, Kansas. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, and then graduated from North Park Theological Seminary in 1953. He was ordained the same year.

Noren married Ruth Lundberg August 11, 1951. She survives.

He was awarded the Purple Heart while serving with the U.S. Army during World War II. Following his discharge from the military, he served internships and interim pastorates at Covenant congregations in Kansas.

Noren served as a missionary in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 1953 to 1964. He returned to serve as pastor of West Bay Covenant Church in Traverse City, Michigan, from 1964 to 1967. He returned to DR Congo and served from 1967 to 1979. Noren again served as pastor of a congregation in the United States, ministering at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Lake Norden, North Dakota, from 1979-1981. He completed his ministry serving in DR Congo from 1981 to 1990.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his daughter, Janice Ruth, and two sons, Paul Noren and Daniel Noren.
Visitation will be observed from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Covenant Village of the Great Lakes Residential Building in the lower fellowship area. Memorials may be directed to First Covenant Church in Grand Rapids, Covenant Village of the Great Lakes, or the
Department of World Mission and designated for work in DR Congo.
5053. “Obituary,” Edwin Noren, Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, Kent County, MI, June 17, 2012.
NOREN, PASTOR EDWIN D. Pastor Edwin D. Noren, age 88, of Covenant Village of the Great Lakes, formerly of Cadillac, passed away early Saturday morning, June 16, 2012, and is now rejoicing with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ whom he served as missionary and pastor. During WWII he served in the US Army, receiving the Purple Heart. He is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Ruth (Lundberg); his children, Janice Ruth and Steve Quakenbush, Paul D. and Sheryl Noren, Daniel E. and Kay Noren; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his sister, Geneva and Gordon Christensen; sister-in-law, Mrs. Esther Noren; nieces and nephews. His sister, Evelyn Noren and his brother, Willard Noren preceded him in death. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of everlasting life through Jesus Christ for Pastor Noren will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at First Evangelical Covenant Church, 1933 Tremont Blvd., NW, Grand Rapids with Pastor Craig Swanson officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Covenant Village, Residential Building lower level fellowship area, 2510 Lake Michigan Dr., NW, Grand Rapids. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Covenant World Mission designated for the work in Congo, the Building Fund for First Covenant Church, or Covenant Village of Great Lakes. The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford
5054. “Rev Edwin Delbert Noren,” Find-A-Grave,, 128218088.
5055. “Edwin D Noren,” Find-A-Grave,, 194513821.
5056. Ruth Elizabeth Lundberg, “Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935,” April 30, 1925, Red Oak, Montgomery County, IA,
5057. “Ruth Elizabeth Lundberg Noren,” Find-A-Grave,, 194513757, “Ruth Elizabeth Lundberg Noren.”
5058. “Ruth Noren,” Christian Rest Home Association Newsletter, Summer 2015, 7,
Ruth Noren June 10 age 89
5059. “Wayne Swisher,” Find-A-Grave,, 49410557.
5060. Noren, “Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935,” September 1, 1899, Frankfort, Montgomery County, IA,
5061. “Infant Son Noren,” Find-A-Grave,, 171589486.
5062. “Infant Son Noren,” Find-A-Grave,, 171589486, Tombstone says Sept. 4, 6. 1899.
5063. “Louis E Gatlin,” Find-A-Grave,, 36612995.
5064. “Sarah Strother Honeycutt,” Find-A-Grave,, 54292560.
5065. World War II, 1942, Oklahoma, U1509, Gatlin, William Bates, “World War II Draft Cards (4th Registration) for the State of Oklahoma,” April 25, 1942, Tulsa, Tulsa County, OK, USA, arc identifier: 576250-film number: 4139759-digital folder number: 004139759-image number: 01040,
Files (2): WilliamBatesGatlinDraftCard, WilliamBatesGatlinDraftCard_B
5066. “United States Census,” 1910, TX, Collin, Precinct 5, 9B, 4, 22, T624, 137, Bureau of the Census, US Dept. of Commerce, United States of America, April 26, 1910, R D Nilson.
File: 1910 TX Collin County Pct5 p9B
5067. “United States Census,” 1920, OK, Pontotoc, Fitzhugh, Roff Town, 12A, 4, 187, T624, 1821480, 288, Bureau of the Census, US Dept. of Commerce, United States of America, January 16, 1920, Columbs J Moon.
File: 1920 OK Pontotoc County Fitzhugh Roff Town p12A
5068. “United States Census,” 1930, OK, Tulsa, Tulsa, 7A, 6, 72-165, T626, 1937, 213, Bureau of the Census, US Dept. of Commerce, United States of America, April 8, 1930, Minnetta H McVay.
File: 1930 OK Tulsa County Tulsa p7A
5069. “United States Census,” 1910, TX, Collin, Precinct 5, 9B, 4, 22, T624, 137, Bureau of the Census, US Dept. of Commerce, United States of America, April 26, 1910, R D Nilson, Makes it clear that she was only about 13 when she was married to William.
File: 1910 TX Collin County Pct5 p9B
5070. John Hurt, “Death notice,” December 9, 2009.
5071. “Clarice Cornelia Jones,” Robertson County Times, Robertson County, TN, USA,
Clarice C. Jones, 91, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at National Health Care in Hendersonville.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home, White House, with Bro. Morris Watson officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. Pallbearers are Johnny Martin, Johnny Hurt, Sammy Sloan, Larry Tate, Rick Kirkpatrick and Ken Myers.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-8 p.m.

Mrs. Jones was born Oct. 4, 1918, in Sumner County to her late parents, Neely and Llewellyn Charlton Webb. She is also preceded in death by husband, Morgan Jones and daughter, Nelda Harris and great-greatdaughter, Angelica Forewright.

Survivors include a son, Royce (Joyce) Jones of Cross Plains; daughter, Delores Weidemann of Franklin, Ky; five grandchildren, Jeffery Jones, Sonja Cherry, Todd Jones, Cory Jones, and Shannon Sullivan; four great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made to Concord Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund.

Austin & Bell Funeral Home, White House, is in charge of arrangements.
5072. Austin & Bell Funeral Home, “Obituaries,”
Mr. Royce Wayne Jones passed away Tuesday night, February 12, 2013 at the Skyline Madison Campus Hospice at the age of 72. Royce was the son of Morgan Russell Jones and Clarice Cornelius Webb Jones who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Nelda Harris. Royce was born in Sumner County, Tennessee. He was a member of Cross Plains United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife Joyce Clinard Jones; three sons, Jeffrey Wayne Jones, Michael Todd Jones, Cory Allen Jones; one daughter, Sonya (Danny) Cherry; sister, Delores Weidemann; two grandchildren, Richard and Chasidy Forewright; three great-grandchildren, Nickiela Forewright, Mario Cogshel and Marianna Cogshell. His wife and children lovingly described Royce as a hard working man that loved his family and always provided well for them and as a man that cherished his many friends. A simple man who was known to do anything for anybody. He was a man of his word, if he said he would do something, he would do it; if he said he would be somewhere at a certain time, he was there. A couple of his favorite things to do was mow his lawn, sometimes two or three times a week and he also loved to reminisce about things of the past. His occupation was truck driver. He was employed by Franklin Express.

A Celebration of Life service will be held 2:30 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2013 at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home Chapel in White House with Bro. Clint Jones and Bro. Mike Waltrip officiating. Interment will be at the Cross Plains Cemetery in Cross Plains, TN. Serving as pallbearers will be Charles "Chuck" West, L.V. Eldridge, Bill Swearingen, Bill Forshee, Wesley Rowland and James Buntin. Honorary pallbearers, Helen Allen, Glenn Claborn, Joe Summers and Dale Wilkinson.

Family will receive friends on Thursday 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday 12:30 p.m. until the service at 2:30 p.m.
Arrangements by Austin & Bell Funeral Home, 533 Hwy 76, White House, Tennessee 615-672-5000
5073. “Clarice W Jones,” Find-A-Grave,, 127023555.
5074. “Morgan R Jones,” Find-A-Grave,, 127023594.
5075. D J Webb, “Perfect DNA match!,” October 4, 2005.
File: DavidWebb_PerfectDNAmatch
5076. D J Webb, “Perfect DNA match!,” October 4, 2005, From memory of Daniel A Webb who was only 7 when his father died.
File: DavidWebb_PerfectDNAmatch
5078. “Alexander Funeral Home Records,”, Name is Nancy Richardson.
5079. “United States Census,” 1900, TN, Robertson, District 02, 1B, 6, 46, T623, 1594, 13, Bureau of the Census, US Dept. of Commerce, United States of America, June 1, 1900, Robert J McDaniel, First name is Nancy.
File: 1900 TN Robertson County Dist 02 p1B
5080. “Alexander Funeral Home Records,”, Gives name as Spencer Choate.
5081. “Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1950,” Spencer Choate and Nancy J. Richardson, microfilm, system origin: Tennessee-EASy-source film number: 979723,, system origin: Tennessee-ODM-source film number: 979723,
5082. “James Morgan Webb,” Find-A-Grave,, 50665551.
5083. “United States Census: 1900,” Bureau of the Census, US Dept. of Commerce, United States of America, 1900, TN, Sumner, District 14, June 6, 1900, James Firm, 4B, 4, 124, T623, 1601, 224.
File: 1900 TN Sumner County Dist 14 p4B
5084. “Lucinda Paralee Huffines Webb,” Find-A-Grave,, 50665540.
5085. “United States Census,” 1870, TN, Sumner, District 16, Richland Station, 802A, M593, 1566, 802, Bureau of the Census, US Dept. of Commerce, United States of America, July 23, 1870, J B Hobdy, First initial is hard to read but I believe it is an R.
File: 1870 TN Sumner County Richland Station p802A
5086. “Dorris Cemetery, 15-22,”,, July 28, 2001, Says September 15, 1894.
5087. “United States Census: 1920,” Bureau of the Census, US Dept. of Commerce, United States of America, 1920, TN, Robertson, District 10, January 28, 1920, Lyman H Ornan, 8B, 9, 180, T625, 1761, 165.
File: 1920 TN Robertson County p8B
5088. Margaret Cummings Snider and Joan Hollis Yorgason, Sumner County, Tennessee Cemetery Records, McDowell Publications (Owensboro, KY 1981),,, Linda Carpenter and Jan Barnes, Match made from tombstone with wife.
5089. Donald R Ross and Arline M Fuertes, “California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985,” March 19, 1960, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA, USA,, Lists name as Donald R Ross.
5090. “Obituaries,” Donald Robert Ross, Modesto Bee, Modesto, Stanislaus County, CA, USA, January 23, 2014.
Donald R. Ross

August 19, 1940 - January 15, 2014

Donald Robert Ross unexpectedly passed away at the age of 73.

Born in Cook County, Illinois to the late Marie and Myron Ross.  He married the love of his life Arline Ross; they would have been married 54 years in March.  He obtained his Masters of Urban Planning in 1973.  Don was employed as a Senior City Planner for the Town of Los Gatos and retired in 1996.  Most recently, he was working for the City of Escalon as Planning Consultant.  He was a member of the Modesto Kiwanis and served as its Secretary, as well as the Tuolumne River Woodworker Assoc.  He loved people and believed in giving back to his community. Don was a Veteran of the
United States Navy and retired as Master Chief Petty Officer in August, 2000.  He was very proud of his service to his country.

He had a joy for trains, music, singing, woodworking, and traveling, his greatest joy was his children and grandchildren.

He had a positive outlook on life and lived life to the fullest.  Always smiling and making you smile.  You couldn't ask for a more loyal friend, amazing husband, dad and grandfather. 

Don is survived by his wife, Arline Ross of Modesto, his children, Eileen Pastenieks, Ripon CA, Mike Ross (Eriel), Washington and Michelle Morris (Trey) of Roseville CA.

He was a loving and devoted grandfather to four grandchildren:  Janelle Ayres (Christopher), Aviano Italy, Nick Pastenieks, Ripon, Matt Ross, Washington and Ethan Morris of Roseville.

The loss to our family is great but we know he is in a better place with his savior.  A recent posting by his granddaughter, Janelle says it all and reflects what is in each of our hearts "Heaven received another beautiful angel yesterday.  My grandpa was the most kind hearted and giving man I have ever known.  His bright blue eyes and contagious smile would light up the darkest room.  I can't believe that you are gone, I feel like I am in a bad dream.  I wish I could just hear your laugh one more time.  I'm going to miss all our car rides to the nail salon to get our pedicures together with grandma and listening to you talk about trains and how much you would love to take the train everyday if you could.  Please come visit me in my dreams, I would love to hang out with you and maybe take a train ride together.  See you on the other side of tracks Grandpa. I love you."

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Deegan Funeral Chapel.  An Open House in Celebration of Don's Life will be held: Saturday, January 25th, 2:00pm-5:00pm.  Please contact family members for additional information.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made in his name to: Modesto Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 1025, Modesto, CA  95353.
5091. Donald R Ross and Arline M Fuertes, “California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985,” March 19, 1960, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA, USA,
5092. “Donald Robert Ross,” Find-A-Grave,, 132299232.
5093. Dean W Richardson and Emily M Fuertes, “California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985,” August 17, 1968, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA,
5094. “Dean Wayne Richardson,” Find-A-Grave,, 197628439.
5095. “Obituaries,” Dean Wayne Richardson, CT Courier Traveler, Arkansas City, KS, January 31, 2019.
Dean Wayne Richardson, 72, of Arkansas City, KS, passed away on Sunday evening, January 27, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his family.  

Dean was born on April 8, 1946 in Arkansas City, KS, the son of Talbert Earl and Deloris (Lowrie) Richardson.  He was reared and educated in Arkansas City, where he graduated from high school in 1964.  After high school, he joined the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.   He served in the tele-communications and security department.   He was honorably discharged in 1968.   On August 17, 1968, he married the love of his life, Emily Fuertes, in San Francisco, California.  The couple lived a short time in Daly City, CA and in Dallas, Texas.  As the couple had their children family became important. The couple moved back to Arkansas City and Dean worked as a butcher in every grocery store in this area.  After 40 years, he retired from Apple Market IGA in Wellington in 2006.  

Dean was a member of the Calvary Chapel and enjoyed tennis and perhaps all sports as well as watching his grandchildren excel in sports and their interest. 

Surviving to honor his memory is his wife, Emily of the home; his children, Marc Richardson and Janell Darr; Danny and Maxie Richardson and Joel and Katha Richardson; his siblings, Darrell and Sheri Richardson,  Phil and Pam Richardson, Gene and Dawn Richardson, Jeff and Angela Richardson,  Mia Richardson, Peggy Richardson and Eric White;  his sister-in-law, Debbie Richardson; his 9 grandchildren, Jacob Richardson, Parker Richardson, Paxton Richardson, Lakyn Richardson, Rory Richardson, Hayley Helms, Makaila Gillespie, Lakin Hixson and Sheridan Hixson and 2 great-grandchildren.   He was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father-in-law, Raymond and Grace Fuertes, sister and brother-in-law, Marvin and Sharon Pool and brother, Tab Richardson.  
5096. “Beverly Sturm,” December 27, 2005, Arlene Christiansen Webb and Richard Webb, Evelyn Christiansen’s home at 2405 E. Orangeburg Ave, Modesto, CA.
5097. “Obituaries,” Brian Raymond Fuertes, The Modesto Bee, Modesto, CA, June 18, 2019.
December 13, 1973 - June 5, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Brian Raymond Fuertes announces his unexpected passing, on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the age of 45 years. Brian will be lovingly remembered by his parents, Edna Johnson and Jack Fuertes; sisters, Lisa Fuertes and Lori Fuertes Palomares; nephews, Bennet and William Palomares; and a large extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A funeral service in memory of Brian will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 3:00 PM, at the Ripon Cemetery, 320 North Stockton Avenue, Ripon, CA 95366. A celebration of life will follow at the home of Jack Fuertes in Modesto, CA. Family and friends are welcome. We hope you will bring your favorite memories of Brian to share.
5098. “Virginia Palmquist Nadgwick,” Find-A-Grave,, 89265293.
5099. Victoria Maria Palmquist, “Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935,” May 5, 1920, Frankfort, Montgomery County, IA,
5100. “Kenneth Oliver Nadgwick,” Find-A-Grave,, 51469772.
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