The website of Grace Brethren International Missions today carries the news of the homegoing of Marguerite Gribble Dunning, who passed away Thursday evening, December 29.
Her passing marks the closing of an epoch. Mrs. Dunning, pictured here with her parents, Dr. and Mrs. James Gribble as the family was making its first boat trip to Africa in January of 1918, was the last surviving member of the first Grace Brethren missionaries who entered the Central African Republic (then Oubangui-Chari) in 1921.
As an adult she returned to CAR in 1940 with her husband, Dr. Harold Dunning. They served together in CAR for 31 years.
Details of memorial and burial services will be posted when they are known. The story of the Gribble family may be read in “Heroes Who Live On, Volume 1,” available from BMH Books online at www.bmhbooks.com or by calling (toll-free) 1-800-348-2756. A warm and moving tribute to Mrs. Dunning by her longtime missionary colleague Mrs. Wayne (Dorothy) Beaver is also posted on the GBIM website.