Miss Florence Metcalf, 97, of Macomb, Illinois, died at 12:08 p.m. Sunday (October 16, 2016) in the emergency room of McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
Born January 27, 1919, in St. Mary Township, Illinois, Florence was the daughter of John Walton and Mayme Judy Metcalf.
Florence was a graduate of Plymouth High School, Great Lakes Bible Institute in Zion, Illinois and received her Bachelor's Degree from Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri.
Florence was called to minister the Word of God and she devoted her life to her ministry. She conducted summer Bible Schools for children in Illinois and was an assistant pastor in Plymouth, Illinois. In 1956, Miss Metcalf became a missionary in Africa. For 11 years, she served in Nigeria, West Africa where she was involved in teaching Bible School at Ogoja and also was a counselor for girls at Hillcrest School in Jos, Nigeria, a boarding school operated jointly by 13 mission boards for 450 American children. In 1970, her mission moved to Malawi where she ministered to the women of Malawi and was director of Assemblies of God Women's Missionary Council. She was also involved with International Correspondence Institute (ICI), a correspondence Bible School, where she supervised responses to students questions and translation of ICI materials into local languages. Miss Metcalf served as a missionary for 28 years.
Survivors include many loving nieces and nephews, including a special niece and caregiver, Dellene Payne of Good Hope, IL.
Miss Metcalf was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, J. Walter Metcalf, Edward Metcalf and Myron Metcalf; and three sisters, Dorothy Koorenny, Ermogene Harrison and Marcia Tipton.
Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10:30 in the Plymouth Circle Community Center (formerly the Congregational/Methodist Church) with the Rev. Devin Carlile officiating. Burial will be in Rosemont Cemetery in Plymouth.
Visitation will be Friday morning from 9:30 until the time of services at the Plymouth Circle Community Center.
Arrangements are in the care of Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home in Quincy.
Memorials may be made to the Macomb Assembly of God Church.