Ruth Elizabeth 'Beth' Teague

Missionary, 85Ruth Elizabeth "Beth" Teague, 85, of Warrenton, died Saturday, July 7, 2004 in Astoria.

Mrs. Teague was born July 22, 1919 in Bristow, Okla., to Leslie and Winifred Martin. She married Thomas L. Teague in Mountain View, Mo., Feb. 4, 1940. He died in 1970.

Mrs. Teague grew up in Missouri, graduating from high school in 1937 in Birch Tree, Mo. After her marriage, she lived there for 12 years with her husband, moving to Warrenton in July 1952.

Family members say Mrs. Teague devoted herself to being a wife and mother until her husband's death. After that, she began to focus on service and ministry. She joined the Gospel Missionary Union and in 1972 went to Quito, Ecuador, to serve in a Christian school. She returned to Warrenton to care for her mother.

In Warrenton, over the next 20 years, family members say Mrs. Teague helped many young women establish Christian lives by teaching them to study the Bible and apply its lessons to their own lives. They say she was a great "prayer warrior," maintaining a thick notebook filled with people and their needs, and spending hours every day praying for them, a practice she continued until her death. In her last few months, family members say she regretted not being able to get through the entire book each day. They say she never learned to drive and seldom ventured far from home, but she touched many lives.

Mrs. Teague was a founding member of Lewis and Clark Bible Church.

She is survived by a brother, Jack Martin, of Mountain View; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ron and Sheila Teague and Chuck and Patricia Teague, all of Astoria; five grandchildren, Tim and Terry Teague and Debbie Coggins of Astoria, and Ron and Tom Teague of Prineville; and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, a brother, Gilbert Martin, and two sisters, Winifred "Dot" Martin and Helen Campbell, died earlier.

A memorial service is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lewis and Clark Bible Church, 35082 Seppa Lane, Astoria, 2.5 miles south of Miles Crossing on Lewis and Clark Road.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lower Columbia Hospice or Astoria Rescue Mission in care of Hughes-Ransom Cremation & Mortuaries, 576 12th St., Astoria, OR 97103.

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