Whitesburg KY

Margaret Collier will be missed


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31:10.

This week the community of Eolia was saddened by the death of Margaret Collier. To me, it was a shock because there are some people one always expects to be there, and Margaret was that kind of person.

For as long as I can remember I have nothing but pleasant and happy memories of Margaret. Her devotion to the Lord and the church brought much joy to our community through her work.

I can help but smile when thinking about the many Christmas and Easter plays she directed, and as a child we were so excited to dress up in costumes and worried to death about saying our part. Margaret was just as excited as we were.

Beginning in my childhood and into my teenage years, Margaret was my Sunday School teacher. I remember going to her with a problem, and she was always so kind and understanding.

If anyone should ask me what person on Earth had impacted my life more, I would have to say it was Margaret Collier.

Eolia is truly blessed to have had Margaret these many years living among us, for her life was a true example and testimony for us to live by. I extend my deepest sympathy to the family.

This morning I got a phone call that Gloria Beachy had received a severe fall and is in the hospital with fractured vertebrae. Gloria and her husband Duane are directors of the Mennonite Central Committee and also members of ECCO’s Board of Directors. I understand the fracture is very serious and we are asking everyone to lift up Gloria in prayer.

Last weekend we were visited by the Gagnons and Debrulers, ‘Friends of ECCO’ from Cincinnati. During their visit we met Will’s parents from Charlotte, N.C. Will is on staff with SWAP this summer. Mary Anne very enthusiastically told them about ECCO and what we did.

A few days later, ECCO has 60 cases of canned food sitting in our pantry, thanks to ECCO supporter, Mary Anne, Jimmy Farmer and John Deere, the company he works for.

It is amazing how God can open doors we never dreamed of.

With that, I’ll leave you with this thought for the day. “The best inheritance parents can leave a child is a good name.”

Community Bulletin Board: Sunday evening, worship service at ECCO’s Chapel at 6 p.m. All are welcome. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meet the second Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Partridge Station. Volunteers are welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. Come and bring a guest. Mondays, Bible Study at ECCO each evening at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

Our prayer list includes the family of Margaret Collier, Roger Shelton, Jean Hampton, Gloria Beachy, Stephanie Estep, Betty Maggard, Allen Profitt, Carolyn and Garland Couch, Gay Sturgill, Pearl Baker, Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Don Brown, Bill Collier, Marie Snell, Juanita and Phyllis Boggs, Ruby Sturgill, Nora Walker and Brenda Gross.

Also lift up in prayer those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, may they be delivered; our military troops around the world; Israel and the Middle East; our President and the leaders of our country; the Untied States; all the children hurt by war; and the ministry of ECCO.

Until next week from the folks at ECCO, God bless.

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