January 7, 1934 – July 7, 2021
Becky Vinton went peacefully to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on July 7, 2021 at the age of 87. She was born to William and Daisy Stringfellow in Pine Bluff, AR. At the age of six, the family moved to Chicago. The janitor of the apartment complex where they lived invited them to North Shore Church where, in the next several years, they all came to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Becky was preceded in death by her parents William and Daisy Stringfellow; in-laws, Rev. Samuel and Marie Vinton; and brothers-in-law Frederick R. Vinton and Bill Easter. Surviving her are her beloved husband of 66 years, Rev. Samuel R. Vinton, Jr.; son, William R. (Susan) Vinton; daughter, Deborah (David) Meier; sister and brother-in-law Jane and Bob Longfield; sister-in-law, Betty (Jim) Walker; sister-in-law, Lois Vinton; brother and sister-in-law George and Dawn Vinton; grandchildren Rachel (Andrew) Brose, Christina (Aaron) Brose, Laura (Moses) Mouanoutoua, Jessica (Ryan) Rutherford, Carly (Phil) Johnson, D.J. (Crystal) Meier, Michael (Annie) Meier; and the joys of her life, her great-grandchildren Ari, Stella, Ayanna, Milo, Audrey, Isaac, and Alden.
Upon their graduation from Milwaukee Bible College (now Grace Christian University), she and Samuel Vinton were married on June 11, 1955. Five months later, they left for Congo, Africa, as missionaries under Grace Ministries International. Her primary ministries were teaching women to read and study the Bible, conducting child evangelism classes, training Congolese church leaders how to teach children, and teaching English. The family returned to Michigan in 1976 when Samuel was invited to teach at Grace Bible College. Becky joined Bible Study Fellowship and became part of the leadership team for 17 years. She taught AWANA classes at Berean Bible Church/Rush Creek Bible Church for 40 years. On several other occasions, she prepared Bible lessons which she used in teaching women in Congo, Kenya, and Zambia.
At home she was a great hostess and was known as a gourmet cook. She loved her grandchildren, and during the last four years one of her great joys was her great-grandchildren. She will be sadly missed not only by her family but also by her many friends.
A funeral service will be held 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at Rush Creek Bible Church, 2334 76th St. SW, Byron Center, MI 49315, with visitation from 5:00 - 5:45 p.m. prior to the service. A light supper at church will follow the funeral. In memory of Becky and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Grace Christian University, Grace Ministries International, or Rush Creek Bible Church. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.cookcaresgrandville.com.
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