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IN MEMORIAM

In loving memory of those families who paid the supreme price while in active service throughout the South Pacific mission fields of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends."—John 15:13 (NKJV)
 

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ABBOT, E M
July 1, 1942—Papua New Guinea
Pastor from Australia. Died in Montevideo Maru disaster.
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ADRIAN, Herbert William
September 19, 1937—Fiji

ALEPA, Kindim
October 20, 1988—Papua New Guinea
Died of burst appendix (aged 44).

ALEXIS, Chris
April 16, 1983—Papua New Guinea
Son of Joel and Rita Alexis. Died aged 2 months. The Alexises were serving at Kabiufa at the time of his death.

ANDERSON, Les
May 3, 2002—Papua New Guinea
Pastor and pilot from United States. Died in plane crash.
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ATKINS, A S
March 13, 1942—Papua New Guinea
Leader in the New Guinea Mission. Died in the Japanese-controlled hospital in Rabaul (aged 42).
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BALLARD, Keith
March 29, 1967—Papua New Guinea
District pastor at Maprik, East Sepik Province. Died of blood poisoning. Local church named the "Keith Ballard Memorial church" in his honour.

BARNETT, Graham
October, 1998—Papua New Guinea
Died in fire and petrol explosion.

Bauluta
Papua New Guinea
Missionary from Mussau. Died during World War II.

BENAI
1968—Papua New Guinea
Mussau carpenter working in PNG highlands.

BETHEL, Deceli
February 2, 1930—Fiji
Lost at sea in M V Cina shipping tragedy.

BILDAD, Silitati
February 2, 1930—Fiji
Lost at sea in M V Cina shipping tragedy.

BLANCH, Andrew
October 25, 1978—Papua New Guinea
Son of Pastor David and Patricia Blanch. Died as infant. Pastor Blanch was serving as district director in Daru, Western Province at the time of his death.

BOEHM, Dorothy
June 14, 1940—Papua New Guinea
Died of malaria (aged 29).

BOTONG, Bob
Papua New Guinea
Missionary builder at Mussau. Died of heart attack.

BRASH, Elton
September 10, 1998—Australia
Served as layman Vice-Chancellor at University of PNG. Died in Canberra.

BUNOA, Pauliasi
1918—Fiji
Served as a Methodist missionary in Rabual for 30 years. Was ordained as an Adventist pastor in Australia in 1906. Died of Spanish influenza in Fiji.


CALDWELL, Dale
February 12, 1948—Papua New Guinea
Son of David Caldwell. Died of malaria (aged 4 months). David was involved in government medical work in Mt Hagen at the time of his death.

CALDWELL, Wendy
June 16, 1950—Papua New Guinea
Daughter of David Caldwell. Died as infant. David was serving as a missionary at the time of her death.

CAMPBELL, Kenneth
May 31, 1937—Papua New Guinea
Son of Alex and Emily Campbell. Died of pneumonia (aged 15 months).

CARR, Harold Patterson
October 6, 1913—Vanuatu
Son of Harold and Clara Carr. Died aged 8½ months.

CHUGG, Merlene
November 30, 1979—Australia
Wife of Kevin Chugg. Kevin departed for mission work in Solomon Islands a week before her death. She was to have joined him later.

COLLET, Trevor
July 1, 1942—Papua New Guinea
Self-supporting missionary from Australia. Died in Montevideo Maru disaster.
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COLQUHOUN
January, 1969—Kiribati
Daughter of Peter and Carelle Colquhoun. Died at birth.

CORMACK, Wendy Joy
July 13, 1946—Cook Islands
Daughter of James and Linda Cormack. Died of pneumonia (aged 19 months).


Daniel
May 27, 1963—Papua New Guinea
Died in Polurrian tragedy, along with his two children.

DASVALU, Ratu Tevita
May 14, 1928—Papua New Guinea
Missionary from Fiji. Died of blackwater fever.

DICKENS, Garry
June 6, 1949—Papua New Guinea
Missionary child. Died aged 1 month.

DUNN, Brian
December 18, 1965—Solomon Islands
Nurse at Atoifi Adventist Hospital. Murdered.


EPHRIAM, Ivireni
February 2, 1930—Fiji
Lost at sea in M V Cina shipping tragedy.


FERCH, Arthur
September 5, 1991—Samoa
South Pacific Division officer. Died in utility accident (aged 51).

FERRIS, Christina (Chrissie)
January 26, 1955—Australia
Wife of Walter Ferris. Died in Wahroonga, New South Wales while on furlough from mission work in Fiji.

FERRIS, Colleen
October 23, 1939—Solomon Islands
Daughter of Pastor David and Edith Ferris. Died of complications of the thymus (aged 3). The Ferrises were serving at a mission station in Kwailabesi at the time of her death.
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FERRIS, Esther
November 18, 1922—Australia
Grew up on Norfolk Island with missionary parents, Pastor Arthur and Jessie Ferris. Died in Wahroonga, New South Wales (aged 16). The Ferrises were serving in Lord Howe Island at the time of her death.
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FERRIS, Jean
January 25, 1935—Fiji
Daughter of Pastor Walter and Chrissie Ferris. Died at birth.
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FERRIS, Ronald Bobbie
June 9, 1933—Fiji
Son of Pastor Walter and Chrissie Ferris. Died at birth.
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FERRIS, Shirley
December 7, 1931—Australia
Daughter of Pastor Walter and Chrissie Ferris. Died at birth in Euroa, Victoria. The Ferrises were called to Fiji in the same year of her death.
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FLOHR, Francois
July 10, 1991—French Polynesia
Youth director in FP. Lost at sea.

FULTON, George Lorin
September 20, 1904—Fiji
Died aged 7.


GERSBACH, Lance
May 18, 2003—Solomon Islands
Missionary from Australia. Served as business manager at Atoifi Adventist Hospital. Murdered.
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GILLIS, Graeme
April 29, 1948—Papua New Guinea
Son of Stan and Ivy Gillis. Died of first known case of diphtheria in PNG (aged 3).

GOLO
Papua New Guinea
Child of Solomon Island student at Pacific Adventist University. Drowned.

GREY, Amy
March 15, 1921—Solomon Islands
Daughter of David D Grey. Died as infant.


HAMILTON, Andrew
July 8, 1979—Papua New Guinea
Died in car accident in Madang (aged 5).

HARRISON, Roy
October 21, 1995—Australia
Long-serving missionary in Papua New Guinea. Died in retirement from malaria contracted while serving in PNG.
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HOPE, Laurence Robert
March 8, 1990—Australia
Former missionary to Pakistan and Papua New Guinea. Died from health complications in Brisbane, Queensland. Was appointed to mission work in Solomons Islands prior to his death.


Isikeli
February 2, 1930—Fiji
Lost at sea in M V Cina shipping tragedy.


JAMA, Bessie
1993 (?)—Papua New Guinea
Daughter of Sonoma College lecturer. Died aged 11.

JOHNSTON, Christine
August 28, 1972—Papua New Guinea
Daughter of Bruce and Lei Johnson. Died of myocarditis.

JOB
Papua New Guinea
Died of dysentery as infant.

JOB, Nelson
Papua New Guinea
Died of gastroenteritis (aged 3).


KEMBU, Belinda
February 2, 2012—Papua New Guinea
Morobe Mission accountant. Died in MV Rabaul Queen tragedy (aged 24).
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KEMBA, Ruth
Papua New Guinea
Oldest daughter of Van and Ita Kemba.

KNOPPER, Peter
March 16, 1988—Papua New Guinea
Served as district director of the Adventist Church in Homu for three years. He also served as director of Homu Laymen’s Training School. Murdered outside his home at Mr Michael (aged 32). 
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KOTZ, Sigfried
1967—Australia
United States citizen serving as Medical director of the Australasian Division. Died of heart attack (aged 52). Dr Kotz also spent a number of years in Africa, working as a doctor and pastor for the General Conference.
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KOVAU, Reddley
November 7, 1991—Papua New Guinea
Ministerial student at Sonoma College. Murdered while assisting Margaret Mavao.

KOVE, Mark
1963—Papua New Guinea
Teacher from Manus Island. Died of tuberculosis.

Kuka
1938—Papua New Guinea
Mussau missionary. First missionary murdered in PNG.


LANG, Frederick
February 2, 1930—Fiji
Lost at sea in M V Cina shipping tragedy.

LARWOOD, Lens
August 15, 1979—Solomon Islands
Helped establish School of Nursing at Atoifi Adventist Hospital. Oversaw the construction of a hydro-electric generation plant at the school—the first of its kind in Solomon Islands. Died in tractor accident.
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LELLO, John
November 11, 2012—Papua New Guinea
AFM missionary from USA. Died in tree-felling accident at Sepik River (aged 46).
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LEMKE, Adrian
December 29, 1952—Papua New Guinea
Lao Heni II disaster on Turama River (aged 4).

LEMKE, David
December 29, 1952—Papua New Guinea
Lao Heni II disaster on Turama River (aged 6).

LEMKE, Dellys
December 29, 1952—Papua New Guinea
Lao Heni II disaster on Turama River.

LOCK, Maynard
January 21, 1951—Papua New Guinea
ABC News reporter. Son of missionary W (Taubada) Lock. Died in Mt Lamington eruption with his wife, Lettie, and two children. Maynard served in PNG with the Australian armed forces in World War II, and with the Australian New Guinea Administrative Unit following the war.


MAJA
1940—Papua New Guinea
Missionary from Ranongga, Solomon Islands. Died of chest infection while serving in Manus.

MANASSEH, Warren
January 5, 2014—Vanuatu
Served as a minister in Vanuatu for 20 years. Died of kidney problem while serving in Malekula (aged 44).
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MARK, Dennie
September 15, 1944—Papua New Guinea
Acting principal at Kambubu. Died in imprisonment.

MARKS, Ruth
1938—Papua New Guinea
Died of malaria. First expatriate missionary death in PNG (aged 3).

MARTIN, John Radley
April 11, 1965—Australia
Served as missionary for 12 years in Papua New Guinea. Suffered three heart attacks while in PNG. Died of heart attack after returning to Australia (aged 53).
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Masikuku
Papua New Guinea
Missionary from Emiara. Died while hiding in a cave from Japanese.

MASIVE, John
1952—Papua New Guinea
First baptised and ordained pastor from PNG highlands. Died of malaria/mental illness.

Mason
Papua New Guinea
Missionary child. Died as infant.

MAVAO, Margaret
November 7, 1991—Papua New Guinea
Sonoma College student. Murdered (aged 21).

McLAUCHLAN, Mervyn
May 19, 1969—Papua New Guinea
Teacher at Paglum and Bautama schools. Died of heart attack.

Monua
1956—Papua New Guinea
Missionary from Sepik River. Taken by crocodile.

MOOI, Wesley
2011—Vanuatu
Died in tree felling accident while serving on a one-month Laymen Ministries mission trip to Vanua Lava Island (aged 44). The runway he was helping to clear was named Wesley Airstrip upon its completion.
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MOSESE, Naomi Stewart
1944—Vanuatu
Died aged 28.

MURRAY
February 2, 2012—Papua New Guinea
Child of Bougainville Mission pastor Peter Murray. Died in MV Rabaul Queen tragedy.
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MURRAY, Ralph Stewart
June 11, 1990—Samoa
Missionary from Australia. Died in Motorbike accident (aged 61).


NOAH, Noapi
February 2, 1930—Fiji
Lost at sea in M V Cina shipping tragedy.


OGOLA, Sabi
January 30, 2014—Papua New Guinea
Wamabe District director. Pioneer minister who served in the North East Papua Mission for more than 40 years. Was instrumental in the renaming of Tetebedi District to Wamabe. 

OTI, Emily
Papua New Guinea
Wife of pioneer missionary from Solomon Islands.

OTI, Glen
Papua New Guinea
Son of pioneer missionary from Solomon Islands.

OWEN, Sarah
July 9, 1895—Cook Islands
Died while serving with husband David A Owen in Rarotonga. The Owens had left their home in Battle Creek, Michigan (US) to serve in Cook Islands in February 1894. David went on to also serve in Samoa.

OWENS, D A
Cook Islands
Missionary from United States.


PARKER, Murial
May 16, 1930—Solomon Islands
Died six weeks after arrival.

PASCOE, David
1955—Papua New Guinea
Son of Pastor Martin and Joyce Pascoe. Died of ventricular septal defect contracted at birth in Papua New Guinea (aged 11 months). Parents had returned to Australia to seek medical attention. The Pascoes served in PNG for 27 years.

PHINEAS, Sineasi
February 2, 1930—Fiji
Lost at sea in M V Cina shipping tragedy.

PIPER, Hettie
June 1, 1912—Australia
Wife of Pastor A H Piper. Died of tuberculosis in New South Wales. The Pipers were the first Adventist young Australians to go to the South Sea Islands on mission service. They served in Rarotonga, Cook Islands for seven years (1900-1907).

PLANE, Rhonda
Australia
Died of cancer at Sydney Adventist Hospital (aged 9). Family had just returned to Australia after serving in Sopas, Papua New Guinea.

PLANE, Tatsiana
May 29, 1975—Papua New Guinea
Died just weeks after arriving in PNG.

POKARUK
1950s—Papua New Guinea
Poisoned with battery acid.


ROWDEN, John
May 4, 1975—Fiji
Died in water-skiing accident (aged 31).

ROWE, Jack William George
August 2, 1946—Fiji
Missionary from Melbourne, Australia. Died in boating accident at Buca Bay.
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RUPA, Lenard
Vanuatu
Son of Papuan treasurer Kila Rupa. Died aged 12.


Sakimau
July 20, 1942—Papua New Guinea
Mussau missionary. Murdered.

SALUA
Solomon Islands
Wife of Robert Salua (Pizo). Died on Emira Island.

Sammy
1948—Papua New Guinea
Child of Batauma Gulf teacher. Died as infant.

SAMUEL, Sovinta
February 2, 2012—Papua New Guinea
Bougainville Mission pastor. Died with wife and daughter in MV Rabaul Queen tragedy.
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Seki
Papua New Guinea
Missionary from Mussau. Died during World War II.

Sepi
Papua New Guinea
Daughter of missionary from Bali. Died in Polurrian tragedy.

SHEM, Seni
February 2, 1930—Fiji
Lost at sea in M V Cina shipping tragedy.

SHIELDS, Lawrence
April 23, 1973—Papua New Guinea
VH-UBY pilot. Killed in plane crash at Goroka (aged 31).

SILLS, Paul
July 8, 1979—Papua New Guinea
Died in car accident in Madang.

SILLS, Stephen
July 8, 1979—Papua New Guinea
Died in car accident in Madang.

SIMI, Mary
Solomon Islands
Wife of teacher. Clubbed to death.

SINGOI, Harvi
April 23, 1973—Papua New Guinea
Killed in plane crash at Goroka (aged 3).

SINGOI, Matthew
April 23, 1973—Papua New Guinea
Medical missionary. Killed in plane crash at Goroka (aged 35).

SINGOI, Remah
April 23, 1973—Papua New Guinea
Killed in plane crash at Goroka (aged 11).

SOLOMON, Terai
Papua New Guinea
Missionary from Cook Islands. Died of complications from pack horse accident (aged 62).

STRATFORD, Doreen Fay
May 3, 1944—New Zealand
Daughter of Roy and Ivy Stratford. Died as infant of pneumonia in Auckland, a day before her parents were scheduled to sail to Fiji for missionary work. The Stratfords proceeded to Fiji following her death.


TAMARA, Jonita
February 2, 2012—Papua New Guinea
Adventist teacher. Died with son in MV Rabaul Queen tragedy.
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TAVODI, Peni
October 9, 1918—Papua New Guinea
Missionary from Fiji. Assisted Septeimus and Edith Carr in bringing the Adventist message to PNG. Died of snakebite.
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TAY, John I
1892—Fiji
Pioneer missionary. Died aged 61.

TERETI, Kelena
September 25, 1933—Papua New Guinea
From Fiji. Wife of missionary serving in the Gulf of Papua. Died of fever.

THOMPSON
Cook Islands.
Child of Stan and Fiona Thompson. Died as infant.

THOMPSON, Lenard C
July 1, 1942—Papua New Guinea
PNG government medical assistant from Australia. Died in Montevideo Maru disaster (aged 32).

THOMPSON, Nadene J
September 23, 1940—Papua New Guinea
Died aged 2 ½.

TOLHURST, Pearl
March 14, 1919—Tonga
First Avondale College student to die in the mission field. Died in the Spanish influenza outbreak following World War I while serving in Ha'apai. 

TUTTY
Solomon Islands
Son of Pastor Tutty.


WATTS, Brendon
September 9, 1957—Vanuatu
Son of Horrie and Margaret Watts. Died as infant.

WERA, Rhoda John
September 27, 2014—Papua New Guinea
Wife of Pastor Jonathan Wera. Served as Children's and Women's Ministries director for the Morobe Mission for a number of years. Stepped away from these roles in February 2014 due to the seriousness of her sickness.

WICKS, Madeline
September 11, 1937—Cook Islands

WILES, Norman
May 5, 1920—Vanuatu
Missionary from Australia. Died of black water fever (aged 27). Was serving at Big Nambus, West Malekula at the time of his death.

WRIGHT, Phil
December 14, 1941—French Polynesia
Died of pneumonia.


YOUNG, Sarah
July 14, 1906—Samoa
Nurse from Pitcairn Island. Trained at Sanitarium hospital (now Sydney Adventist Hospital). Died while serving in Apia.


*Child of Mussau missionary
Papua New Guinea
Died after being caught under an overturned canoe.

*Two Sonoma College students
Papua New Guinea
Died after being taken by tidal rip at Kap Kap Point.

*Two brothers and another from United States
Vanuatu
Murdered on Erromango beach.


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