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June 20, 1918 - June 6, 2013
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 6 at 10 a.m. at First Assembly of God Church in El Centro. A life of BOLD Generosity!
Marjorie was born on June 20, 1918 in San Diego, CA. The daughter of traveling Evangelists she ministered alongside them throughout her childhood. At the tender age of five she journeyed to an old fashioned altar and gave her heart to Jesus and proceeded to serve Him wholeheartedly for the next 90 years.
She was BOLD!! She never knew a stranger and was never too shy to share her faith with anyone who was fortunate enough to be in the same proximity to her. This included the recovery room of the hospital when she herself was recovering from major surgery or perfect strangers she encountered in her daily life. Her greatest passion was to see every member of her family follow her example of a thriving, loving relationship with Jesus Christ. It was also her highest priority to take as many people with her to Heaven, and she utilized her considerable Bible knowledge along with her great love for all people to minister to everyone. She smuggled hundreds of Bibles into communist China on a mission's trip where she visited 9 countries in the Orient. She was generous with her talents. She was an extremely talented piano player and organist. She played both the organ and piano for countless church services and taught numerous students to play the piano, never charging pastor's wives. Even after she was eighty, she played the piano/organ for three churches; the early service for Faith Assembly, both the morning and evening services for Holtville First Assembly, and the mid-afternoon service for The Mission. She was generous with her prayers and faith. Her calendar was fuller than most and her phone rang constantly with people requesting prayer and encouragement for their latest trial. She was generous with her limited resources. Marjorie was not wealthy, but that never stopped her from sharing whatever she had to help someone who was in need. For more than ninety years Marjorie was a true minister of the gospel in every sense of the word; sharing boldly and generously all the gifts, talents and love in her arsenal. All who knew her were extraordinarily blessed!
Marjorie N. Paddock is survived by Son, Rev. Stephen W. Paddock; seven grandchildren; and twelve great-grand children ando ne great-great grandchild due this month.
Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from June 22 to June 24, 2013