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Ruth Marguerite Flokstra, 93 of Springfield, passed into her eternal home with her Lord and Savior on August 31, 2023.
In the early 1950’s, she worked for New England Bible Fellowship during their summer camps and Vacation Bible School (VBS) outreaches. In her 20’s, Ruth traveled around upstate Vermont as a Rural Bible School teacher before teaching at North East Bible Institute (NEBI) in Massachusetts, serving as their registrar. It was at North East Bible Institute in 1955 that she met the love of her life, Jerry Flokstra, and went on to marry. She taught Sunday School, coordinated VBS, led music ministries, and much more. In 1966, Jerry took a job teaching at Central Bible College, which moved them to Springfield, Missouri, where they stayed the remainder of their lives.
Ruth is survived by her brother Reginald Barney of Canaan, NH; her sister Miriam Bennett of Lynchburg, Virginia; her children Gary (Gerard III) and Glenna Flokstra, Gregg and Sandy Flokstra, Bonnie and James Beushausen, Brittany and Sue Flokstra; her grandchildren, Denee, GJ, Christopher, Ben, Bianca, Laura, Jessica, Thorsson, Abigail, Elizabeth, Nathan, Tabatha; and her great-grandchildren Keturah, Justin, Caitrin, Khloe, Cedric, Emiline, Allison, Haven, Winston, Iris, Justice, Adrian, Journey, and Phyllis.
Visitation will be held at Central Assemblies Of God on Thursday, 9/7, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Service will be held the next day also at Central Assemblies Of God at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, Ruth’s wishes were to have donations sent to 4 The World Resource Distributors.
Greenlawn Funeral Home is taking care of the final arrangements.