Reverend Mary's Story

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Reverend Mary Louise Erwin, 100 of Marion, joyfully went to be with her Savior on November 13th, 2016. She was born in Leon, Kansas on October 2, 1916 to Bert and Salomia Meeks. She married her high school sweetheart, Carroll J. Erwin in Kingman, Kansas on June 3, 1934 and he preceded her in death in June of 2013 at the age of 99. They enjoyed 79 years of marriage together and were blessed with a large family: Daughter and son-in-law Delores and the late Rev. Don Bowers, son and daughter-in-law Jerry and Alma Erwin; grandchildren Diana Angell, Dale (Julie) Bowers, Bill (Patty) Erwin, Doug (Paula) Bowers, Tammy Wheeler, Jeff (Dawn) Erwin and Denise (Scotty) Jones; great grandchildren: Jared Angell, Dr. Joshua (Cindy) Bowers, Matthew (Erin) Sneed, Dustin (Holly) Erwin, Montanna Sneed, Rachel (Rich) Stuart, Sara (Cristian) Angell, Elizabeth Williams, Rebekah (Kyle) Erwin, Taylor (Danny) Gooch, Tyler (Brittney) Erwin, Jacob Erwin, Lauren Jones, Nathaniel Jones, Kyle Erwin and Austin Erwin, Breanna, Rachel and Hunter Bright as well as great great grandchildren: Mia, Landon, and Kennedy Bowers, Isabelle and Bronc Sneed, Braeden, Jovie and Kamryn Erwin, Molly and Kate Stuart, Yoav and Sladen Angell, Madeline Willams, Adelyn Gooch, Decimus and Nikko Gills. Carroll and Mary Erwin leave behind a long legacy of loving family and friends who became family.

Among her many accomplishments Rev. Erwin was called to preach in 1949 and she pastored Methodist churches in Broughton, Oliver, Thackery, Concord, Pleasant Grove, Bruce Chapel, Springerton-Asbury, Macedonia, Corinth, Ewing and Dahlgren until her retirement in 1982. Rev. Erwin opened many doors for women with her trailblazing entry into the ministry. She completed her course of study for the clergy in 1955 although her diploma was not awarded due to concerns about allowing women in the ministry. Her accomplishment was finally recognized and her diploma was awarded at the 2006 annual conference session. Despite that, Rev. Erwin has been spreading the gospel for 67 years, leading others to the Lord and spreading words of encouragement.
Published on November 14, 2016
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