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Margaret J. "Marge" Somerville

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Marge was born September 21, 1918 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and passed away in Medford, Ore. Sunday, August 4, 2013 at the age of 94. She was raised by her grandparents, as her mother died in childbirth of Marge's only sibling, a brother, who did not survive. Her post secondary education was at a sanitarium school of nursing and at McMasters University. Marge became a U.S. citizen in 1977.


She was called by God to foreign missions as her life ministry, initially working for Wycliffe Bible Translators in Mexico typing the newly translated New Testament in the Odomi (Indian) language. Later she went to Honduras where she spent approximately 17 years teaching English and holding Evangelism/Discipleship Bible studies. She had many interesting stories to tell about how God supplied her needs and protected her from harm while on the field and in her frequent travels.


Marge returned to the states in the early 80s to care for her good friend and mentor who was very ill. After Jane's death, Marge remained in the Rogue Valley teaching/tutoring Spanish as well as ministering in several local churches.

Marge was known for her bubbly personality, hearty laugh, wit, boundless energy, and love of nature. She loved hiking up mountains and loved animals, especially horses and cats, but her love of Jesus Christ her Savior was foremost.

At her death, she had no known living relatives, but she had many friends. We will miss your smile, Marge ("the Charge"); you were loved by many.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 8, 2013 at the Ashland Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1650 Clark Ave. Donations, if you wish, can be made in her memory to Child Evangelism Fellowship of Oregon, Jackson District, PO Box 4484, Medford, OR 97501-0176.

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