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Marion Ruth Vance

March 18, 1936August 2, 2020

Marion Ruth Ramsey was born in Van Wert, Ohio and raised in the Kansas City, KS area. As a child she informed the world that she wanted to be called Ruth. To all who knew her she was Sis, Ruthie, Mom, Aunt Ruth and Dona Rute. Born to a preacher, she was raised as a PK (preacher's kid), which means she knew how to do a lot with a little. Early in her life she realized she was a lost sinner and needed Jesus to save her, so she chose to believe in Him and followed Him for the rest of her life. At nine years old she declared that she would be a missionary, and the adults thought, “How cute!” But she meant it and went to train at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Her life-long love of music drew her to join the Moody Chorale where she met Jim, and within a few years they left all that was familiar and headed to northern Brazil on a cargo ship, in 1960. They learned the language and integrated themselves into the culture. Pretty soon five children came along, which they raised in a rural and rustic setting in northern Brazil, without the assistance or presence of their own parents. Her ministries included church planting, teaching in schools, discipleship, mission administration, caring for 16 or 18 or more missionaries’ children in a large home... to name a few “jobs”. After 42 years in Brazil, they settled in Texas and Ruth began a research project on the early Brazilian evangelists who took the Gospel to the region of the interior town where they first ministered (Barra do Corda). She interviewed many of the believers there over the course of several years and these stories are being published in Portuguese to help challenge a new generation of believers to embrace Christ's mission to share the Gospel with the whole world. In Longview, Texas where they live, she was a member of Fellowship Bible Church, where she served in the ministries of the missions committee and MOPS (Mothers of Pre-schoolers). Recently her health had been declining, but she cherished her time with all of her family. She is survived by her husband Jim, her five children Mark, Tim, Sue, Debbie and Steve, their spouses and her 10 grandchildren, and her brother and sister-in-law Wade and Peggy Ramsey, their children and their families. It is a struggle to succinctly express our feelings of gratitude for all she has been to so many. We have been blessed by God in His giving her to us. She entered Jesus' rest on August 2, 2020. We love you Ruthie, Mom, Sis! Until we see you again... In lieu of flowers, please send gifts to Crossworld on behalf of SCEN, Seminário Cristão Evangélico do Norte, the Bible school in São Luís where Jim and Ruth taught for a number of years and which recently suffered some major storm damage. Contributions can be made at www.crossworld.org/give. Use the following account information: Workers account #: 57510; Workers first and last name: Sao Luiz Seminary. Checks can be made out to Crossworld and a separate note attached indicating "This donation is for: 57510-Sao Luiz Seminary". Send it to Crossworld, 10000 N Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64155-7300 Service for Marion Vance is on Saturday, September 26, 2020, at 2:00pm CST, at Fellowship Bible Church in Longview, TX. It will be broadcast on Facebook and other live streaming services that will be announced at a later date.




26 September

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

Fellowship Bible Church

4600 McCann Rd
Longview, Texas 75605


Marion Ruth Vance

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Karen Beaudin(Hughes)

September 3, 2020

Dear Aunt Ruth, you and Uncle Jim have always been my inspiration and the definition of what it means to serve the Lord in FULL TIME Christian work..You both were the first “missionary’s” I ever met, and the Lord used you both to speak to my heart about serving Jesus and sharing my faith with others..I’ll always treasure the few times we got to spend together later in life, as you chose to come visit and “intentionally” spend time getting to know us in our home. I love you Aunt Ruth and look forward to getting to spend ETERNITY in HEAVEN WITH YOU!!
Sincerely your niece Karen (Hughes) Beaudin

Vicki Sharp

September 2, 2020

Ruth was a great friend and mentor to me in Brazil! Some of our favorite conversations were about raising kids and cooking. I think of our conversations as “zipper chats” - both of us interrupting and interjecting comments at alternating fast speed - listening to one another and saying everything we wanted to say. It would have been rude with others, but not with Ruth! 😊. We kept the pace!
And I still have some of her handwritten recipes - for large amounts! - with all the perfect substitutions we used in Brazil! She was a SUPER cook!
I loved Ruth. She encouraged me, helped me, and was always frank with me, which I highly valued. She is a huge part of my life’s memories — the good memories!

Cori Stanley

September 2, 2020

Ruth was a very special person. I always enjoyed our time together. She was such a help during my husband and my 20th anniversary bash at the church. She had a tremendous heart to serve and love to give. She is deeply loved and missed. My prayers are with the Vance family now and always.

Patsy Richards

September 2, 2020

I had the pleasure of attending several Bible studies with Ruth. She was so wise. I learned so much from her. She had a way of cutting through the fluff in life and honing in on God’s wisdom. I will miss you, and look forward to being united in heaven.

Anna Robinett

September 1, 2020

I love Ruth. She was such a godly, humble, soft-spoken lady always with a smile. She was a wise woman who loved her Lord and served him well. I will miss her. For me, she left a beautiful example of what a ‘woman of faith’ looks like, and that’s how I will remember her.

Kathy Harvey

September 1, 2020

Ruth was in several of my ladies lunch groups. She was such a blessing to me. She and Debbie shared a room with me at a women's retreat. Jim was so great to take her where she needed to go and pick her up. Many blessings to her family as the go forward knowing that we will see her again! Hallelujah!

Brad Lloyd

September 1, 2020

I fondly remember the Vance family that Ustick Baptist (Boise, Idaho) supported for many years. I'm forever indebted to them for encouraging me to go to Moody, and I was honored to be there with some of their kids.

Brad Lloyd

Jessica Pye

September 1, 2020

Ruth was a beautiful soul, I admired her so much during the season’s of MOPS at Fellowship Bible. She was so gracious and full of wisdom for us as new moms. May her memory be eternal.

Robin and David Fisher

September 1, 2020

What a wonderful genuine person. A lady I could follow!! Always enjoyed our conversations and time we spent together. She was very real!!

LeJuan Bass

September 1, 2020

Mrs. Vance was an incredibly kind woman with such a sweet godly spirit.


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