Helen Christine Headings Wenger

Helen Christine Headings Wenger of Mesa, Ariz., passed away May 19, 2014, in her home, losing her battle with cancer.

She was born in Bellefontaine on Sept. 23, 1944, to Miriam Hostetler Headings, who survives in West Liberty, and the late Howard Headings. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Ron; and a nephew.

On Aug. 28, 1965, she married Harold Wenger and he survives, along with children, Merlin (Cindy) Wenger of Meeker, Okla., Tisa (Rodney) Wenger Groff of Hamden, Conn., and Aaron (Megan) Wenger of Mesa, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Jordan, Sophia and Dylan Groff; two stepgrandchildren; six great-stepgrandchildren; brothers, Phil (Linda) Headings of West Liberty, Bill (Margie) Headings of Goshen, Ind., David (Susan) Headings of Kenton, Marilyn (Larry) Kennel of Mt. Joy, Pa., Cathy (Howard) Wagler of Hutchinson, Kan., and Sharon (Steve) Werner of Belleville, Pa.; sister-in-law, Jill Headings of Lake Ariel, Pa.; and many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

A West Liberty-Salem High School and Eastern Mennonite College graduate, Christine attended seminary in Elkhart, Ind., and obtained her master of theological studies degree at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Harold and Christine served as missionaries in Africa for 24 years. They served under Mennonite Central Committee in Zambia, Sierra Leone and Mozambique, and under Eastern Mennonite Missions in Swaziland and Tanzania.

Presently, she was an active member of the Koinonia Mennonite Church of Chandler, Ariz., where she was serving as an elder.

Christine was a loving wife, mother, sister and a gracious friend and hostess in their many locations of service.

A memorial service is Saturday at the Koinonia church, with brother-in-law Howard Wagler officiating.