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Updated: Pioneering missionary Maxine Timmerman dies


S.F. and Maxine Timmerman at the French World Mission Workshop at the Castle Rock Church of Christ in Colorado in 2008. (Photo by Erik Tryggestad)

Update: Memorial service details added
Maxine Timmerman, a pioneering missionary to the French-speaking world, died Feb. 6 at a nursing home in Searcy, Ark.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Feb. 11, at the College Church of Christ, 712 E. Race Street, in Searcy, Ark. Visitation is at the church building from 10 to 11 a.m. with the funeral following at 11. Burial will be at White County Memorial Gardens in Searcy.
Timmerman and her husband, Samuel “S.F.” Timmerman, moved to Belgium in 1948 to serve as the first missionaries there for Churches of Christ. The couple spent 16 years in the European nation, focusing on the French-speaking region of the country, and helped plant churches in Verviers, Liege and Brussels.
Later the couple served in the Canadian province of Quebec, working with French-speaking churches there.
S.F. Timmerman died Dec. 28, 2009. (See his obituary and a story about the 2008 French World Mission Workshop in Colorado, where he was a featured speaker.)
Memorials may be sent to:
Truth For Today World Mission School, PO Box 2044, Searcy, AR 72145-2044
The Alzheimer’s Association
Great Lakes Bible College, Knutsen-Mukitus-Timmerman Scholarship Fund

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    We are saddened by Maxine’s passing but rejoice that she is with SF receiving her richly deserved reward.
    Jim Timmerman
    February, 8 2012

    Sorry to hear about Maxine. Remember her very well. Love to you all
    Fran�oise Rambourg Besse
    February, 9 2012

    My feelings are so mixed. Like Jim said, I’m sad that we can’t see her again on this earth, but rejoicing to think of her being with the Lord and her beloved soulmate, S.F. They were my “adopted” parents since their daughter, Fannie Sue, and I roomed together at Harding. My love, thoughts and sympathy to family members and friends. You’re in my prayers.
    Jo Byrd Huddleston
    February, 9 2012

    I did not know both of them personally in this World, but I look forward to seeing them one day in heaven. May they rest in peace.
    Moses Khombe
    February, 9 2012

    We were saddened to hear of, first, SF’s passing and nowof Maxine’s. They were our friends & tutors when we first moved to Canada. They taught us about missions, dedication, and working in French and in the Quebec culture. Both scholarly in the Bible, yet remaining humble servants of the Lord, they were indeed our role models. Our deepest regrets to their loving family. They will be missed here, but certainly be warmly welcomed in heaven!
    Bill & Leslie Bonner
    February, 9 2012

    To the Family:
    We loved both SF and Maxine and consider them as extended family. We know where she is and that her suffering is no more. We love all of you.
    Bob and Beth Hibbard
    February, 9 2012

    The Timmermans were heroes around our home, as well as other missionaries like J.C. Bailey and Joe Cannon. I worked for their son for a short time, while I was in college.
    Ralph Williams
    February, 9 2012

    I’m so sorry to hear about Maxine. My deepest sympathy for Fannie, Carol and Rick. I will always have fond memories of your mother.
    Larry Terry
    February, 9 2012

    Thanks for writing this blog Erik. My best friend, Teresa Castleman, is Mrs. Timmerman’s granddaughter. Teresa is also a ‘pioneer missionary’ in America. My sympathy to the family.
    Wendy (Stoddard) Thompson
    February, 10 2012

    We loved Maxine and S. F. deeply. They have meant much to us and to our extended family. They opened their home to Duyane and family when they were forced to leave France. We loved them even more because of the love they showed to many dear friends. The Lord blessed our lives through them
    They will be sorely missed in the French work which owes much to their planting. Love to Fannie, Carol and Ricky.
    Darlene Hindsley
    February, 11 2012

    I praise God for having known Maxine over here in France and in Belgium.
    She and S.F. were such a great influence in my life ! They will never be forgotten by all of us in the Lord’s work.
    Love to you, Fanny Sue, Carol Jean and Rick.
    DAUGHERTY Colette
    February, 15 2012

    I’m sorry to hear about the death of Maxine,I briefly worshiped together with late SF, in Welland Church ON. During my stay in Beamsville before they moved back to the States. May the Lord rest her soul in Eternal home.
    Geoffrey Kirima
    February, 16 2012

    So sorry to read this news. Mrs. Timmerman was my longtime piano teacher in Montreal many years ago. She was very special to me and even though I have not seen her since she and her husband left Montreal, she was often in my thoughts. May God bless her and her family, condolences to all (especially Lorna, who I remember as a child in Lachine).
    Carolyn (Cameron) Belleville
    April, 8 2012

    Both SF and Maxine were a family to my family. What a wonderful family. We knew them in Montreal n when my family moved to Ontario the Timmermans supported us so much. They sherish us with love and kindness and… My family moved to Haiti as missionaries they continued to support us. SF even went in Haiti to encourage my dad and the churches out there.
    I know that the names of Maxine and SF are written in the book of The Lord. They’ve worked hard and won the battle.
    Nirva alexandre
    March, 10 2013

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