Dora D. Campbell, BMin ’57, 96, passed away May 30, 2019 at Concord Care Center in Garner, IA. Dora Dalli Hollis was born to Manuel and Emilia Hollis Dalli on April 8, 1923 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She graduated from Universidad La Autonoma in Guadalajara, Mexico with a degree in biology and an advance degree in pharmacy in which she worked for two years. During that same time period, she trained in classical voice performance. Throughout her life time she enjoyed singing many solos in numerous concerts, recitals, and chorales, and even in special events such as the Billy Graham Crusade in Puerto Rico. At this time she made a crucial decision to ask Jesus Christ to be her Lord and Savior, a decision that changed the course of her life. One of Dora’s greatest joys was learning. She got a degree in Bible (Venard College), a Bachelor of Divinity (Asbury Theological Seminary), and a Master of Education (Universidad de Puerto Rico). With the latter degree she established and ran a Head Start program for many years in the Iglesia Metodista Obispo Corson, the church Don (her husband) helped established in Ponce, Puerto Rico. It was during seminary studies that Dora met her husband, Don Campbell, who was studying for the pastorate. Don, who was musical, fell in love with her when he first heard her sing. The ratio in this seminary was 5 men to 1 woman during that time. So after a quiet and somewhat secretive courtship to avoid gossip, they married during their last year in seminary. Following their graduation, they served in Stanwood for 18 months while they waited to be assigned to a mission field. In Iowa, she worked for several Head Start programs. The former degrees she used to become an ordained minister once she and Don completed their work in Puerto Rico. After she became a U.S. citizen, she received her pastor certificate and served several churches in Iowa including Goodell, St Paul’s Hispanic Church (which she started in Muscatine), Letts-High Prairie, Carlisle and Tingley-Wishard Chapel-Ellston. During their retirement, she and her husband, Don, helped establish Mission Nueva Vida (New Life Mission), a Hispanic church located in Corwith, IA. Once assigned to Puerto Rico, they started and served their church plant 12 wonderful and full years. There they raised their four children who grew up bilingual; three of those children went on to serve in church ministry. She and Don were unique in that they were bilingual, cross cultural pastors. They were the first clergy couple in the Iowa Methodist conference. Dora is survived by her children: Margaret (Dennis) Guth, son-in-law, Byron Maynard, Susan (Jeff) Dadisman, Dan (Regina) Campbell, Grandchildren: Eric (Ashley) Guth, Natalie (Jeremy) Gray, Peter Guth, Lilly Guth, Anna (Andy) Maygaard, Brett Maynard, Ryan Maynard, Becca Maynard, Christopher (Adrienne) Dadisman, Andrew (Theresa) Dadisman, Karissa (Bryan) Beck, Danielle Dadisman, Stephen Campbell, Davey Campbell, 12 Great Grandchildren: Mikayla, Melody, Nathan, Elizabeth, Emily, Isabelle, Issac, Gideon, Avery, Addy, Eliza, Nyah; sister-in-law, Amy Campbell, and numerous nieces and nephews both in Mexico and in Iowa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, her parents, Manuel and Emilia, sisters, Lydia Dalli and Ruth Dalli Sanchez, brother, Roberto Dalli, brother-in-law, Marvin Campbell, niece, Connie Ellingson, daughter, Cindy Maynard, grandson, Joshua Dadisman, and many extended family both in Mexico and Iowa.
Charles Andrew “Andy” Collette, MDiv 2016, 48, of Pascagoula, MS entered his heavenly home on Monday, June 17, 2019. Bro. Andy was born on September 19, 1970 in Portsmouth, VA. He was a Captain in the Salvation Army, where he had served since the late ’90’s and was a former member of the Pascagoula Rotary Club. He had served with the United Methodist Church’s Seashore Mission for several years, which helped to transition him to serving his brothers and sisters in Christ as a minister. He received his Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, and he dedicated himself to becoming an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. He was appointed to his first split charge, Rosedale UMC and Big Point UMC, where he served for six years and was currently serving at Eastlawn UMC in Pascagoula. Bro. Andy considered his church members a part of his family, and enjoyed nothing more than serving his Lord and Savior. He was part of a men’s bible study that met every Tuesday morning, and it was very important to him. He was also an avid Jeep enthusiast and was member of the Seven Slot Jeep Club. Bro. Andy was preceded in death by his mother, Teresa Elaine Lynch and his step-father, Lt. Col. John Lynch. He is survived by his loving wife, Michelle Collette; his beloved daughter, Alannah Collette; father, Charles Thomas Collette; siblings, David (Lael) Collette, and Logan (Lindsey) Collette; step-siblings, Alison Lynch, Melissa Lynch Whiteley, and Judd Lynch; nieces and nephews, Gabriel, Riley, Garrett, and Ashlyn; along with the many members of Eastlawn, Rosedale and Big Point United Methodist Churches.
Rev. Terry Wayne Penland, DMin ’82, 65, passed away peacefully on June 1, 2019 at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill. Terry was born on September 5, 1953, in Buncombe County, to Walter Calvin Penland and Kathryn Crabtree Penland, both now deceased. He lived in the Enka-Candler area, graduated from Enka High School in 1971, and grew up in the Mount Moriah Wesleyan Church in Candler. In his youth, Terry felt a strong call to enter full-time Christian ministry, graduating from Central Wesleyan College in 1976. He also attained his Wesleyan Church Conference license that same year. He served as pastor of the Sandy Cross Wesleyan Church from 1976-1979. He was married to the love of his life, Amy Kelley Penland, from June 2, 1979, until her passing earlier this year. Amy and Terry loved each other very much and spent countless hours in service to their community during their 40 years of marriage. Terry earned a Master’s degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1982 before returning to full-time ministry, becoming ordained as a minister in the Wesleyan Church that same year. He went on to serve as Pastor at Statesville Northview Wesleyan (1982-1989), Rock Hill Wesleyan (1989-1994), Concord Wesleyan (1994-2002), and Canton Wesleyan (2002-2016). He often expressed gratitude that he was able to spend so much of his life in Western North Carolina, whose people and mountains he loved so much. He also had wonderful friends and memories from every place and time in his life.Pastor Terry, as he was known to so many church members, was truly dedicated to his faith and his family. He was an entertaining storyteller both in and out o f the pulpit. He had a deep knowledge of the Bible and committed himself to its study. He also had a special gift for comforting grieving families. Many people counted on him for counsel and prayer during difficult periods of their lives. He was a steadfast husband, father, and grandfather who always made time for his loved ones and friends. In addition to his wife and parents, Terry was preceded in death by his brother, Earl Christopher Penland. He is survived by his sister, Kathey Y. Penland, of Brighton, CO; his two children, Andrew Penland (Katie), of Cullowhee, and Hannah Trapp (Lee), of Matthews; as well as three grandchildren: Adeline Penland, Vincent Trapp, and Sophia Trapp. He also leaves behind several beloved members of his extended family.
Velna Marie Stewart, 95, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home at Aspen Ridge after a brief battle with heart disease. She passed as she had prayed “to go to sleep and wake up in heaven” on her 74th wedding anniversary. Velna was born to Robert Davis Williams and Eva Etta (Trowbridge) Williams on February 13, 1924 in Page, Nebraska. After graduating from high school in Page, she moved with her family to Salem, Oregon, and began attending the Free Methodist Church. There she met the family of the Pastor, Jim Stewart. The four Stewart sisters decided that Velna would be the perfect match for their brother, Roland. Roland agreed and when he returned from WWII in 1945, they were married. Velna acted as Roland’s editor and typist through Seattle Pacific University and Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore Kentucky. Velna had a very demanding career, although unpaid, as a Pastor’s wife from 1954 to 1988 in the Oregon Conference of the Free Methodist (FM) Church. During that era FM pastors were transferred every few years so Velna served in Grants Pass, Willamina, Medford, Madras, Salem, Albany and Portland. Velna’s talents as organizer, children’s program director, hostess, bookkeeper, typist, editor and family CFO were used extensively. Retirement was a great time for Velna (although she was not able to retire from her least favorite job – cooking). Roland and Velna enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. Velna had a special talent maintaining contact with friends from the many places she lived. These friends and the new ones she made in Bend greatly enriched her life after Roland’s passing in 2014. Velna is survived by: Her two daughters, Linda Stewart-Jones and Carol (Larry) Goerz; three grandchildren; Staci Crouch (Pouya Larjani), Elise (Matt) Sizer, and James Stewart-Jones, three great grandchildren; Jack Crouch, Mason Sizer, and Emilia Sizer; and sister-in-law Shirley Williams. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland, brother, Lyle Williams, son-in-law David Stewart-Jones, and grandson-in-law Jordan Crouch.