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Passages: Quaker Obituaries – September/October 2013

CARTER Sandra Jane Carter, 73, went home to be with her Lord on Friday, June 21, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was born July 24, 1939, in Wabash, Indiana, to Charles R. and Mary A. (Brown) Keppel. She was a 1957 graduate of Wabash High School. She received her B.S. degree from Manchester College and her Master’s degree from Ball State University. She married Gerald L. Carter on March 1, 1959. Sandy retired from the Metropolitan School District of Wabash, Indiana, where she taught first and second grade at Southwood Elementary since 1969. After retiring from teaching, she continued to impact students’ lives by tutoring. Sandy was a member of Wabash Friends Church where she was involved with Home Happenings. She enjoyed reading, music, Bible Study Fellowship, scrapbooking, friends, family and grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Jerry Carter, of Wabash, Indiana; two daughters, Christine Curless (Jim Snodgrass) of LaFontaine, Indiana and Lorri (Greg) Miller of Andrews, Indiana; mother, Mary Keppel of North Manchester, Indiana; three grandchildren, Maggi (Rich) Easterday of Wabash, Indiana, Liza Miller of Andrews, Indiana and Ryan Curless of LaFontaine, Indiana; great-granddaughter, Megan Easterday of Wabash, Indiana; brother, Phil (Nancy) Keppel of Roanoke, a niece and two nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Keppel and granddaughter, Briannon Curless.

FULLERTON Howard N. Fullerton, Jr, son of Howard N. Fullerton Sr, and Jeannette Heimbaugh Fullerton, was born January 31, 1938 in Newtown, Indiana, He was the oldest sibling of two rambunctious brothers, Bill and Dan, and one well-behaved sister, Jeannette, in a Presbyterian family that grew up on family farms in Illinois. A National Merit Scholar, Howard attended Oberlin College, where he studied Economics and Classics and also became interested in the Religious Society of Friends, After graduating in 1960, his first job was with the federal government traveling the country conducting surveys for the Wage Index, After a two-year stint with the Army as a noncombatant, Howard resumed his work for the government, moving to Washington, DC in 1965. Howard went on to forecast the composition of the future American workforce at the Bureau of Labor Statistics until 2003, earning a Master’s Degree in Statistics at George Washington University along the way. Howard joined the Religious Society of Friends in 1965. He met Florence (Flossie) Yarnall through Young Friends of North America, and they were married on June 15, 1968 under the care of both Friends Meeting of Washington and State College Meeting at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA. They have two daughters, Meg and Kate, to whom he passed along a dry sense of humor, a deep commitment to the Quaker community, and the family values he had learned from his parents. In 2005, Howard and Flossie moved to Sandy Spring, Maryland to live at Friends House Retirement Community. Over the years, Howard served Friends in numerous capacities: committee member, treasurer and clerk. In particular he was active with Friends at Friends Meeting of Washington, Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting, Friends Committee on National Legislation, William Penn House, Friends House Retirement Community, Friends United Meeting, and Baltimore Yearly Meeting, where he served as clerk from 2008 to 2011. He was appreciated for his encyclopedic knowledge of Friends history and procedures, his dedication, and his wit. Howard died on May 19, 2013 following treatment for esophageal cancer.

SECREST Andrew Bruce Secrest passed away 25th of Sixth Month, 2013, at home in Lakeport, California, after a year’s struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Andrew was born Eighth of Sixth Month, 1957, in Washington DC, to John and Barbara Secrest. A convinced Friend, Andrew first joined the Religious Society of Friends in 1980, as a member of Sandwich Friends Meeting on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Andrew attended Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio. As part of his college experience, Andrew spent two years in Heidelberg, Germany. He developed his fluency in German, French, Latin and Greek during his college years, majoring in German literature. Andrew attended the Earlham School of Religion from 1983 to 1986, during which time he represented ESR at the 1985 World Gathering of Young Friends in Greensboro, North Carolina. Following that experience, he felt led of God to travel in the ministry beginning in 1987, with a concern for Christian unity among Friends. It was under that exercise that Andrew made his first visit to Berkeley Friends Church. In the summer of 1987, he also attended the Young Friends of North America gathering in Ben Lomond, California. There he met his future wife, Mary. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the fall of 1988 to develop the relationship with Mary. He became a member of Berkeley Friends Meeting in 1989. Andrew was a careful and thorough student of Friends’ history and the differences that led to the various splits in our past that still divide us. He had a passion for the reconciliation of these differences. At Berekley Friends Meeting he served on Ministry and Counsel for a number of years and attended meetings of Friends Church Southwest and Friends United Meeting. He also forged strong connections with unprogrammed Friends in Berkeley and beyond, serving on the Nominating Committee for College Park Quarterly Meeting and attending sessions of Pacific Yearly Meeting. His ministry was to build relationships among Friends across all divisions. The most significant of the relationships he built was with his wife Mary. They were married on 28th of Fifth Month, 1990, under the care of Friends from both Berkeley Friends Church and Strawberry Creek Meeting. Their son Nathan Makepeace Miche Secrest was born Eleventh of Eleventh Month, 1991. Andrew and Mary chose to have Nathan attend both Friends’ groups. Andrew trained as a nurse at Samuel Merritt College of Nursing, receiving his BS in Nursing in 1990. He then worked as a hospice nurse for several years, although he was ultimately unable to continue in this vocation because of his difficulties with charting. Andrew transitioned to being a full-time dad and home gardener in 1996. He was an avidreader, often with 30 books checked out of the library at any one time. These were supplemented by his diverse personal collection of 5000 books. Andrew’s sister once remarked that he did not need to keep all the books in his library since he was the only person she knew who actually remembered the contents of all the books he had ever read. In 2003, Andrew and his family moved to Lake County, California. Andrew became a full-time gardener, training with the Master Gardener program. He also was a volunteer with Hospice of Lake County, California. He greatly loved living in the country, but continued to visit regularly at Berkeley Friends Church, attending retreats and Quaker Heritage Days. He was also a regular attender at unprogrammed gatherings, helping with the children’s programs at Friends General Conference and Pacific Yearly Meeting. Andrew was an integral part of the El Salvador Projects, an outreach program of Palo Alto Friends Meeting. As a nurse who was fluent in Spanish, he traveled with the program numerous times to introduce Friends, young and old, to the work of Friends in helping to rebuild services after the war in El Salvador. Andrew was tirelessly affable and had a quiet, even sometimes sneaky, sense of humor. His one-liners kept us all in good cheer, even when there was unease among us. He loved the children’s songs Mary sang, and would sing them with enthusiasm. He also would frequently rise in the quiet of worship to sing, often choosing the Shaker hymn, “More Love.” To the end of his life, Andrew continued to call all of us to more love. Even as we miss him immeasurably, we give thanks to God for his ministry, in our midst and within the diversity of Friends. (Approved by Monthly Meeting of Berkeley Friends Church, 21st of Seventh Month, 2013)

SHORT Warren D. Short was born April 8, 1923 near Winchester, Indiana to J. Milton and Bessie Hiatt Short. He married Elsie Brown, daughter of Reverend V. Kenneth Brown and Alice Earle Brown on August 24, 1951, at Arba Friends Church. He farmed with his father during his high school years and while attending Earlham College. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as part of the occupation forces in Japan. After the war, Warren attended and graduated from Purdue University in 1951. He began a career of service as a Purdue County Extension agent in Johnson, Blackford and Grant counties in Indiana. In 1960 he and Elsie and their two young children, Evelyn and Leonard, were sent to Kenya, East Africa to be agriculture missionaries for Friends United Meeting (FUM). While there he was responsible for the agriculture program at Kaimosi and later developed the Lugari Farmers Training Center which provided newer agricultural methods to African farmers. Upon their return to the U.S. eight years later in 1968, Warren became the manager of the Pulaski County Farm Bureau Cooperative in Indiana. Warren was a member of Arba Friends Church in Arba, Indiana and has been a member of the United Methodist Church in Winamac, Indiana where he served as trustee and missions’ chairman. He had also been chairman of the building committee of the Winamac Church of the Nazarene when they constructed a new sanctuary. He enjoyed any kind of construction projects and oversaw the building of various facilities in Kenya as well as the Farm Bureau Cooperative’s grain elevator in Medaryville, Indiana. He was a kind and patient man who shared his smile with everyone. He is survived by his wife, Elsie; daughter, Evelyn (Bernard) Regier; son, Leonard (Carol); seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; two brothers Roy, (Patricia) Short, Dr. Howard (Mary) Short and a sister, Naoma Girton.

YORK Vera Smith York, age 85, of Sophia, North Carolina, died Thursday, July 18, 2013 at her home. Mrs. York was born in Surry County, North Carolina, on August 2, 1927 to Edgar and Grace Smith. She was a retired teacher with the Randolph County School System. Vera was a member of South Plainfield Friends Meeting in Sophia, North Carolina. In addition to her parents, Vera was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Grant York and brothers, Robert and Harry Smith. She is survived by her daughters, Pat Davis and her husband, Randy of Sophia, Janice Pell and her husband, Reid of Asheboro, North Carolina; sons, Kenneth York and his wife Patsy of Sophia, Dennis York and his wife Sheryl of Sophia, Michael York and his wife Margaret of Sophia; 8 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Hicks of Mt. Airy, North Carolina, Ina Edmisten of Charlotte, Gae Armstrong of Mt. Gilead, North Carolina; and brother, Ray Smith of Mt. Airy.