April 13, 2009
10:30 A.M., Friday, April 17, 2009
First Christian Reformed Church
Beginning at noon, Thursday, April 16, 2009
Family will be present 5:00-7:00 P.M.
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
Crossroads Bible Institute
February 8, 1916 - April 13, 2009
Nellie Rus was born on February 8, 1916 near Sully, Iowa, the daughter of Herman and Sietska Terpstra Van Mersbergen. She was baptized at the Sully Christian Reformed Church. Nellie attended and graduated from Sully Christian Grade School. She professed her faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior at the age of seventeen in the Sully Christian Reformed Church. Nellie was raised on a farm near Sully and later moved with her parents to a farm near Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Nellie did domestic work in various homes for several years and at Fair Haven in Pella, Iowa for three years. She was also an employee of Big Smith Manufacturing Company in Oskaloosa for ten years. Nellie graduated from the Reformed Bible College in 1946 after which she served as a missionary under various Boards of the Christian Reformed Church. The Lord used Nellie to do survey work and organize the Good News Chapel in Oskaloosa in 1946 under First Christian Reformed Church of Oskaloosa. She then served at the Lawndale Gospel Chapel (now the Lawndale Christian Reformed Church) in Chicago for seven years. She then served another four years in Chicago in Jewish Missions at the Nathaniel Institute. In 1957, Nellie was called to serve among the Navajo Indians in New Mexico for five years. After this, she served as a house mother in dormitories for three years.
Nellie was married to Peter Rus, Jr., on March 24, 1973. Together they continued serving in volunteer mission work under the American Missionary Fellowship (formerly American Sunday School Union.) She had also been active in the COC Volunteer Corp and Friendship Bible Hour for several years.
Nellie passed away at the Pella Hospice Comfort House on Monday, April 13, 2009 at the age of ninety-three.
She is survived by: her brother, Herman Van Mersbergen of Pella; one sister, Adeline Eveland and her husband, Warren of Oskaloosa; one sister-in-law, Marjorie Van Mersbergen of Oskaloosa; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter, on December 12, 1994; her parents; two brothers: Marius and Lawrence Van Mersbergen; two sisters, Harriet and Jeanette Van Mersbergen; three sisters-in-law, Anna Van Mersbergen, Dena Van Mersbergen, and Anna Mae Van Mersbergen.
Nellie was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Pella. At the time of her death she was active in the Helping Hands Mission Society, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Pella Pro-Life, Crossroads Bible Institute Ministry, and American Missionary Fellowship.