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Mary June Beggs, former Assemblies of God World Missions veteran missionary to East Africa, died on Thursday, August 9, 2018 in Amarillo, Texas. She was 79 years old. Services will be at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at First Family Church in Amarillo with Rev. Billy D. Nickell, pastor, Rev. Glenn R. Beaver, Assemblies of God West Texas Superintendent, and Rev. Tom Lakey, pastor of First Assembly of God Church in Lubbock, officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Dreamland Cemetery.
Sister Beggs was a beloved servant, preacher, missionary, and pastor. Her passion for the Lord was singular, and her heart for prayer was fervent. Her exemplary character and committed determination to work together with God to accomplish his purpose remain her lasting legacy. She was a precious woman of God.
Mary was born June 1, 1939, in Snyder, Texas, to Audley and Ruby (Larue) Miles. Her parents’ godly influence helped shape her life for Christian ministry. She attended Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas, and after graduating in 1960 she immediately set out in full-time ministry. On July 1, 1960, Mary married Jimmy Beggs, and the young couple began pastoring in Morton, Texas.
She was a teenager, serving as a youth evangelist for the West Texas District when she sensed God’s call to serve as a missionary to Africa, a call which she shared together with her husband from their early courtship. After raising funds, they and their two children, Gregory and Suzan, arrived in Tanzania in 1964. For the next 28 years they evangelized, planted churches, directed Bible schools, and wrote women’s ministry literature. Mary was the founder of Assemblies of God Women’s Ministries in East Africa.
In 1992 Mary returned to the United States with her husband to pastor churches in the Peninsular Florida, West Texas and Kansas Districts, posts they held for 20 years.
In addition to her husband, Mary is survived by her children: Gregory and his wife, Danna, Assemblies of God World Missions regional director for Africa; Suzan Triplett and her husband, Tim, of Canyon, Texas, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Mary came to the end of her life with these words:
“I see Jesus . . . He’s just a little ways off. I’m about to really start living. The first thing I’m going to do when I get to heaven is fall on my knees and intercede for those who remain.”
Mary went to be with Jesus while Jimmy was leading her family in prayer. He was praying for revival to hit the earth when Mary left earth and entered her reward. She faithfully executed God’s will. The eternal city awaited her. She’ll see you there.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to First Family Church online giving page, designating Jimmy and Mary Beggs Ministries. https://pushpay.com/g/amarilloag?src=hpp