- July 4, 1979
|Mrs. Maude Zerangue, wife of Reverend John Zerangue, died July 4,1979 in Lafayette General Hospital. Her funeral was held on July 5, 1979 in the Melville United Methodist Church where she and her husband faithfully attended. She served the church faithfully, loyally, and joyfully during her husband’s ministry. During the last years of their ministry to the United Methodist Church, she drove the car for her husband when his eyesight weakened. Reverend Johnny would often speak of her help with deep appreciation and love. She gave such loyal support to her husband and the church because her spiritual roots began early in her parents’ home in Iowa. Her parents loved Christ, the Bible, and the church; her mother faithfully attended church until she was almost one-hundred-years-old, an example that Maude imitated.
When the doctor told Maude that she had cancer and that she had to take chemotherapy treatments, Maude told the doctor, “I will have to think about it and pray about it overnight.” She informed the doctor the next morning that she would not take the treatments for she was putting herself m the hands of the Lord and if He willed that her life would end soon she was ready. She taught all us who know her something about dying with dignity, without fear, and with confidence in God. Truly, she lived out her favorite scripture: “For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12).
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, 1980, Pages 172, by Kenneth Chapman.|