Mary Margaretha (van de Gevel) McAllister

Born: Wed., May 7, 1913
Died: Fri., May 5, 2017

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., May 13, 2017
Location: Bethany Baptist Church

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Mary Margaretha McAllister passed on to her eternal reward on Friday, May 5, 2017, two days before her 104th birthday, after being at the Big Bend Hospice Center in Tallahassee, FL for two days.  She was born in 1913 as Marie Margaretha van de Gevel, in Brussels, Belgium and resided there with her Dutch parents and five siblings until the age of 24 when she joined the Unevangelized Fields Mission (now Crossword International) in London as a candidate to be a foreign missionary. In 1939, after completing nurse’s training in London, she travelled by ship to the Amazon rainforest, arriving in the northern port city of Belém, where she began what was to be a lifelong ministry of telling the Good News of God’s love.  In 1940 she married Douglas McAllister, a fellow missionary who had come from Australia to spread the gospel to the indigenous people of Brazil.  She and Doug spent the next 47 years as missionaries, travelling up various tributaries of the Amazon on a hand-crafted boat to teach and preach.  Five of their six children were born in Brazil and one in Australia while on furlough there during the Second World War.  As they grew up, the children were sent to boarding schools in the United States, where eventually she and Doug and most of their children became naturalized U.S. citizens.

After retiring to Madison, GA, Mary and Doug worked with Source of Light Mission (SOLM) translating gospel lessons into Portuguese.  After Doug’s death in 1993, she moved to Advent Christian Village in Florida and continued her work of teaching Sunday school, recording Bible lessons on the Village’s closed circuit system, visiting the homebound and ministering to those in the nursing home.  She did all this while also correcting the SOLM Spanish and Portuguese student lessons and corresponding with the students about the Lord.

She is preceded in death by her husband Douglas McAllister, her son Bob McAllister, her grandson Nicholas McAllister, and her great-granddaughter Cassidy Terrell.  She is survived by her son Victor McAllister (Nila), Vallejo CA; daughter Helen McAllister Tews, Knoxville TN; daughter Pat McAllister Desilet (Randy), Tallahassee FL; son Charlie McAllister (Bonnie), Gray GA; son Paul McAllister (Charlotte), Ellijay GA; daughter-in-law Grace McAllister, Madison, GA; 13 grandchildren: Sue McAllister, Debbie McAllister, Vernon McAllister, Vincient McAllister (Kelly) and Vevina McAllister of Vallejo, California; Mary Helen Shuff, Austin TX; Doug Porter (Carol), Knoxville TN; Andre Desilet (Stephanie), Amelia Island FL; Danielle Desilet Terrell (Chris), Tallahassee FL; Matthew McAllister, Atlanta GA; Michael McAllister (Jen), Atlanta GA; Isaac McAllister, Madison, GA; Tracy McAllister, Tucson AZ; and  11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 13th, at 11 a.m. at Bethany Baptist Church, 1080 Bethany Church Rd, Madison, GA, 30650.  The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall immediately following internment.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

·        Bethany Baptist Church, 1080 Bethany Church Rd, Madison, GA 30650

·        Crossworld (Project: Brazil),, 10000 N Oak Trafficway, Kansas City MO 64155

Source of Light (missionary: Mary McAllister) , 1011 Mission Rd, Madison, GA 30650

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Anita Davis
   Posted Mon May 08, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. Reading her obituary she lived a wonderfully full, God centered life. I know she will be sadly missed. Anita Davis

Sharman Rodriguez
   Posted Tue May 09, 2017
God bless her extraordinary life and her beautiful family!
   Posted Wed May 10, 2017
i'm so sorry to hear of your mother's death. helen I remember us playing basketball under Coach Corry. It was a pleasant time in my high school memories. May your mother rest in God's hands in Heaven.

Margaret Inglett Sloan

Rachel Asbery ( nee Denton )
   Posted Fri May 12, 2017
Auntie Mary was a very special lady ! In Belem at Base she helped look after me and my sister . She was like a Grandma to me and I often stayed over at their house at the back of Base . She called me and my sister ' her girls ' . She was like a Mum to my Mum in Brasil and they would often have a phone conversation together until very recently . Your Mum and Dad came over to England and stayed with my parents . My husband and I got engaged whilst they were visiting which was very special . I have very fond memories of Auntie Mary and the Marco church. Heaven is richer with her presence and what a comfort to you all to know that she's with her Lord .

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