- May 17, 1982
|Mrs. John J. (Lee) Rasmussen departed this life May 17, 1982. A recent project of this very industrious woman had been the writing of her autobiography. It is a testimony to her Christian life and a source of my information.
As the subject of her writing was “My Parsonage Memoirs,” her birth in New Orleans and her early life were omitted. On August 16, 1927, she married John J. Rasmussen and deter-mined to be a helpful minister’s wife and not a hindrance. This she did as she lovingly supported her husband, nurtured her family, and faithfully served the church.
An early appointment in Trout, Louisiana, was during the Depression years and here she distributed the Red Cross commodities from the parsonage. In Bunkie it was noted that among her duties she found time to be pitcher on a softball team. The war years found the Rasmussens in Minden and here she made a service flag with a star to represent each young man from the congregation in the armed forces. Youth and children’s work was a large part of her ministry in Ruston, Lake Charles, and at Noel Church.
Her husband, Dr. John J. Rasmussen, died on February 4, 1958, after a distinguished ministry in Louisiana Methodism. Mrs. Rasmussen remained until her disability a faithful and enthusiastic member of Noel Church.
Lee was known by all to have a beautiful solo voice and on many occasions was a fea-tured soloist in both church choirs and civic functions.
Mrs. Rasmussen is survived by one son, one daughter, five grandchildren and a host of friends. She states in the closing words of her biography, “I thank God for all the blessings I am so fortunate to have. I thank God for the ‘cross’ and for the ‘crown’ I view each Sunday (found in one of Noel’s windows) which have a very special meaning for me.”
“The strife is o’er, the battle done;
The victory of life is won
The song of triumph has begun: Alleluia!”
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, 1982, Pages 166, by Stone W. Caraway.|