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Pastor Margaret (Peggy) Hempe
1922-2016
Passed away in her sleep and went home to our Father in Heaven on October 31, 2016 at the age of 94 in Redlands. She lived in Loma Linda for 40 years.
Peg was born on October 29, 1922 in Pottstown, PA to an Irish mother Irene Bowers (she died when Peg was 4 years old), and a German immigrant father, Andor Wester. Her German grandmother, Johanna Wester reared her and became Pegs loving survival figure. Peg spoke fluent German, and was always proud of her German heritage. In 1941 she married Carl Henry Hempe (who incidentally was Mr. America in 1939) in Easton, PA. In 1947 they joined the Easton Seventh-day Adventist Church. In 1950 Carl began ministry training and Peg studied medical records. They had 3 children: David, JoAnne (Huston) and Patricia (Holtz). In 1960 the family moved to Crescent City, CA. Peg was an active participant giving Bible studies and handling social functions as a pastors wife. The family moved to Santa Rosa, and 2 years later the marriage ended. This challenge shaped her life and ministry. She realized she needed more family and church support for her emotional well being. She visited her son in dental school at Loma Linda University. She went to a worship service at the Loma Linda University Church and said "Lord, this is where I need to be!"
In 1966 she became the first woman to join the Loma Linda University Church staff. Her role was Bible instructor, the primary role of ministry at the time. In 1971 Peg began taking classes at Claremont and Riverside Colleges, and in 1972 she began leading small groups and counseling as a pastor. The church began calling her "Pastor Hempe." As the time went on she was asked to preach and handle platform responsibilities for worship, and was involved in starting Singles and Divorce Recovery ministries and crisis counseling. In 1997, she received a special ordination service at the Loma Linda University Church and was ordained as a Gospel Minister. She was the 1st woman Pastor in the Seventh-day Adventist church on the West Coast. Peg had a love for travel that took her all over the world, always wore a warm smile. She had a gracious heart and a deep love for the Lord.
Pastor Hempe is survived by her son, Dr. David Hemp, DDS and his wife Becky of Millville, CA; daughter JoAnne (Hempe) Huston of Redlands, CA. She has 3 sisters; Lucille, Alice, Kathy and 1 brother; Andor Westor of New Jersey. Her daughter Patricia (Hempe) Holtz predeceased her in 2014. She has 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorial service will be held at the Loma Linda University Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 10am. All are welcome to come and celebrate with the family and the congregation she served and loved.
Published in Redlands Daily Facts on Nov. 20, 2016
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