Saunders, Verina

April 21, 2008

Verina Saunders, widow of the Rev. Dr. Ernest Saunders died Monday, April 21, 2008. A memorial service is planned for June 28 at the Readfield (Maine) UMC's Torsey Church on Kents Hill with burial to follow in the Kents Hill Cemetery. Verina was a beloved and dynamic ministry partner who led trips to the Holy Land with Ernie, encouraged his students in Biblical Studies, and supported his leadership of the Society of Biblical Literature. She delighted in God's creation and was gifted at inspiring others to action on behalf of the coming Kingdom of God. Ernie was a UM minister originally associated with the conference in Mass. and then a member of the New England Conference. He was a professor of New Testament theology at Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL for much of his career, living abroad for several years doing research on ancient manuscripts. He was a CO during WWII and in lieu of service he notified families when their sons died in the war. Both Ernie and Verina were very active in the Civil Rights movement in IL in the 60's. Cards may be sent to Duncan and Judy Saunders, 45 Arlington St, Nashua, NH 03060. Please keep Verina's family in your prayers. Submitted by Elizabeth Bailey Roberts, Mid-Maine District