Grace V. Collum
MARION — Grace V. (Turner) Collum, 87, of Marion went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 30, 2008, at Marion General Hospital.
She was born in Marion on Dec. 22, 1920, the daughter of the late Harry and Nessle (Freet) Turner. Grace was a graduate of Marion Harding High School in the class of 1938 and married the late LeMoyne (Tommy) Collum on June 7, 1942, at the Marion First Church of the Nazarene. Together, they began a life of ministry in the Church of the Nazarene. From 1946 to 1974, while Tommy pastored in Upper Sandusky, Utica, McArthur and Bellevue, Grace served as a Sunday school teacher, missionary president, hostess to visiting missionaries and in any way that was needed at his side. In addition to serving as a pastor’s wife, Grace was employed outside the home as a sales associate at Olson’s Lamp Shop of Mount Vernon and the G.C. Murphy Co. of Marion.
Grace’s primary occupation, however, was that of a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Grace will be greatly missed by daughters, Carol (Rick) Hostrup of Powell, Nancy (Mike) Kuhn of Columbus, Rosemary (Bruce) Atherton of Mitchellville, Iowa, Naomi (Jack) Chevalier of Marion, Barbara (Steve) Wood of Howard and Joyce (Mike) Nelson of Laramie, Wyo.; grandchildren, Michelle Kuhn, Lori (Ron) Robbins, Gwen Marie Adkins, Monica Kuhn, Ron Looker II, Matthew (Kim) Nelson, Rachel and Emily Weaver, and Mark Nelson; stepgrandchildren, Scott (Jackie) Chevalier and Christina (James) Poole; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Danielle Robbins; stepgreat-grandchildren, Joshia, Jamee, Angel and Abigail Chevalier and Amanda Swartz; brother, John R. Turner; sister-in-law, Mary Collum; special friends, Wesley and Carolyn Looker; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister, Lester Turner, Frank Turner, Billy Jo Turner and Ruth (Turner) Persinger.
Grace lived a life of compassion, expressing concern and support through a ministry of sending cards, letters, phone calls, cookies, and cakes to those she loved. As long as she was able, she visited the sick and “shut-ins” and kept an extensive prayer list that she addressed daily.
The family will greet friends on Wednesday, April 2, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 233 W. Church St., Marion, where services will be held on Thursday, April 3, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Riley Powell officiating. Burial will follow in the Marion Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Nazarene World Missions, General Treasurer of the Church of the Nazarene, 6401 The Paseo, Kansas City, MO 64131; or to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hughes-Allen Funeral Home. Online condolences can be expressed to the family by logging onto www.hughesallen.com and opening her obituary.