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Announcements, Prayer Requests and Obituaries - Issue 85
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Prayer Requests
Al Smalley is holding Bible studies each Friday evening at 7 p.m. in the Freer, Texas, Civic Center conference room. Please pray for the success of these Bible studies.

Michael Williams, 16, was born with neurofibromatosis which is a tumor disease. He has had tumor activity in the past, but never life-threatening. He was recently found to have four neuromas (small tumors) in the central portion of his brain and they are inoperable. We are praying that God will not allow these tumors to grow or multiply, but remain where they are or disappear altogether. Right now, Michael's pain is controlled and we are in the process of getting a homebound teacher for him. Thank you in advance for your prayers and concern on his part.

Please continue praying for Amanda Annis of Wyoming, who is continuing to show improvement from severe burns she sustained earlier. There is a possibility she will be able to return home by mid-March.

Donald Dow of Ontario, Canada, is recovering from aneurysm surgery.

Gina, 35, 7373 W. Montebello, Glendale, AZ 85303, has an abscess on her lung and is recovering from gall bladder surgery.

Paul Anthony Rochelle, infant son of Mike and Arlene, 923 Excalibur Dr., Highland Village, TX 75077, suffered head trauma during birth and is awaiting cranial/facial surgery in April.

William Rochelle (father of Mike) is recovering from prostate surgery.

Charlene Waller, 310 Collum St., New Boston, TX 75570, awaiting surgery on vertebrae.

Linda Woods, Caldwell, ID, suffering from ovarian cancer, presently under hospice care.

Eddie Staggs Sr.
Eddie Staggs Sr.
Funeral services for Eddie Staggs Sr. were held in Waldron, Ark., at Rice-Martin Funeral Home Feb. 11, with Ray Wooten officiating. My dad had so many friends from the different Churches of God that we can never contact them all so we are trying to inform as many as we can. He never judged a person by the group they met with. That was made evident by the numerous groups that he visited and corresponded with. He instilled that same attitude in his children. I personally want to thank everyone for making my dad so welcome and happy everywhere he went. He cherished his time with God's people just as we cherished him. My dad died just as he lived, his feet planted firmly on the right path and his heart filled with God's Spirit. We will miss the man, but his legacy of goodwill and love will continue for generations. He was truly a wonderful man. Anyone wishing to send cards may send them to my mother, Mary Staggs, 10533 Gibson Rd., Waldron, AR 72958--Eddie Staggs, Jr.

Dolores Audrey Chiechi
Dolores Audrey Chiechi
Dolores Audrey Chiechi, 80, of Olympia, Wash., died Feb. 22 in her home surrounded by family. She was born in Battle Lake, Minn. on Feb. 20, 1924. Dolores is survived by her husband of 55 years, Vito; their nine children, Chris, Steve, Douglas, Victoria Hinze, Gina Glover, Donna Elam, Michael, Maria, and Dolores; 26 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; nieces, Barbara Loomis, Susan Brandt and Marilyn Anderson; nephew, Fred Mills; and many others whom she embraced as her own. Mom loved spending time with her family and watching her birds. Her thirst and love for knowledge resulted in a personal library of over 1,500 books. She was a true theologian and well versed in world events. She also owned and operated Vito's House of Yarn in Tumwater. Mom was a true example of unconditional love, grace and faith. Her unwavering belief in God and His plan provided her complete inner peace. Those whose lives she touched will miss her dearly and are forever blessed to have known her. She believed that in life it is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you that matters. A "Celebration of Mom's Life" took place on Feb. 27. A private interment service with family was held at Tahoma National Cemetery.

Florence Sorenson
Florence Sorenson of Grants Pass, Ore., died peacefully in her sleep on Feb. 24. She and her husband, Jim, celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary and her 65th birthday on Feb. 11. Lung cancer was found when she was X-rayed for pneumonia. It was a fast-growing cancer, and doctors gave her about two weeks. Memorial services were held at the New Covenant Ministries building at 1515 Redwood Ave. in Grants Pass on Feb. 29.

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