December 12, 2015

Marion Rich

Marion Lillian Kish Rich, 88 of Carmichaels, passed away on Sunday, December 6, 2015 in Washington Hospital, Washington, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on September 29, 2015. She was born December 5, 1925 in Wharton, NJ, a daughter of the late Frank and Rose S. Gall Kish.
Mrs. Rich was a teacher and educator with the Church of the Nazarene around the world. She served as a member of the General Missionary Council for the Church of the Nazarene, co-chaired with Mrs. G.B. Williamson the first pastors Wives Leadership Conferences with conferences in all of the United States of America educational institutions in the Church of the Nazarene. She served abroad as a missionary and teacher for 26 years in French, and English speaking countries including Haiti, Quebec, and Kenya, and also served in many capacities in the local Church of the Nazarene in Waynesburg. Marion authored five books, taught preachers in three languages, and was an instructor of the Bible at the Africa Nazarene University, Nairobi, Kenya.
She is survived by her husband, Harry A. Rich, whom she married June 5, 1952. Also surviving are three children, Dwight Daniel Rich, of Quito, Ecuador, South America, Sharon Louise Harvey of Lake Havasu City, Arizona and Vicki Lynn Wicks of Claresholm, Alberta, Canada; seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Deceased is a son, Scott Rayfield Rich, who died in infancy; and four brothers, George Kish, Frank Kish, James Kish and Steven Kish.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm, Wednesday, in the Behm Funeral Homes, Inc., 1477 Jefferson Rd., Jefferson, PA 15344, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the First Church of the Nazarene, 115 Deerfield Lane, Waynesburg, PA 15370, with the Rev. John M. Poling, officiating. Interment will follow in Muddy Creek Cemetery, Khedive. Condolences may be expressed online at In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the International Gideon Society for Bibles at or to a memorial church that will be constructed in Haiti, in the future through the First Church of the Nazarene, Waynesburg.

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