THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Leola (Anderson) Spyker
Issue Date: August 21, 2013
Leola (Anderson) Spyker, 88, of McAllen, Tex., formerly of Wallace, Mi., passed away early Monday morning, Aug. 19th surrounded by her family.
Born in Wallace on March 15, 1925 on a blizzardy day, she has been an adventurous soul, always eager to try new things. She attended Bethel school for her first 6 years, graduated from Stephenson High School in 1942, and North Park College in 1944.
She taught in Bark River for one year and in 1948 taught Daily Vacation Bible School in the Rio Grande Valley, had a heart for missions, and for nearly 65 years served her Lord. She lived in Mexico for many years, traveled to Honduras, Nicaragua, Cuba, Spain, India and Africa, bringing the Gospel and continued ministering in many areas. She worked as a translator for the Billy Graham Crusade in Amsterdam and in 1986 she also accepted invitations to distribute Bibles and to speak in various countries. She and her husband began a Children 's Home in Uruapan, Mexico, had an amazing love for people of all nationalities, enjoyed traveling, and had a great sense of humor.
She is survived by her four children, Marilyn Joy Ramirez, John (Marla) Spyker, Tom (Debbie) Spyker and Sandra Spyker; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister Marilyn (Merlyn) Egle; two brothers, Norbert (Barbara) Anderson and James (Shirley) Anderson; a sister-in-law, Doris Anderson and hosts of friends and relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Edith Anderson and a brother, Eugene.
Family and friends may call at Bethel Mission Covenant Church in Wallace on Saturday, Aug. 24th after 1 p.m. until time of Funeral Service at 4 p.m. Pastor John Lindt will officiate. Burial will follow in Mellen Township Cemetery. Anderson Diehm Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.