Macel P. Neaderhiser
Macel Pearl Neaderhiser
age 89, departed this life on Dec. 10, 2015, at the Abilene Memorial Hospital. She was born on November 29, 1926, to Lawrence and Martha (Cheney) Neaderhiser near Manchester, Kansas. She first attended a one-room school taught by her oldest sister, Ava; then completed elementary and two years of high school in Manchester. Her junior year was at Longford high school and she graduated from Dickinson County High School at Chapman. Having taken teacher training in high school, she began teaching the year following graduation, the beginning of 40 years of teaching elementary children. Her first year was at a one-room school, where she had 15 students in all eight grades. Macel then began and completed her BS in Education at Marion College (now known as Indiana Wesleyan Univ.) in Marion, Indiana. Following graduation she taught at Chapman Elementary and at Garfield Elementary in Abilene. Macel felt led to be a missionary teacher in the Appalachians. She was the first missionary commissioned by Emmanuel Church in Abilene (then known as Emmanuel Evangelical United-Brethren Church). She served for fifteen years at Red Bird Mission School, Beverly, Kentucky. Following this she came home to Abilene to help care for her parents. For a time she managed the Good News Bookstore. Her final teaching years were for the Chapman School District teaching special reading.
At a young age Macel placed her faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior and began her life-long close relationship with Him. Her heart, so full of love, reached out to her students and all who knew her. Children were especially drawn to her. Many people remember her warm, beautiful smile. Macel was a talented pianist and organist for many years at Emmanuel Church in Abilene, where she was a member, and at Red Bird Mission in Kentucky. She was a Sunday School teacher wherever she was for many age levels. Macel and sister LouAnn had the privilege of going on two short mission trips with Campus Crusade for Christ to Ukraine.
Macel was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Hazel, who lived and died before Macel was born, sisters Ava Ferguson, Thelma Bowyer, and Velma Bennett. She is survived by a sister LouAnn Neaderhiser, with whom she has shared a home for many years, and who will miss her very much. Other family survivors include nieces Connie (Bennett) Cover, Ardith (Ferguson) Hinkle, Linda (Bowyer) Bilyeu, and Janet (Ferguson) Rousselot, and nephews Curtis Bennett, Stephen Bowyer, Chris Bowyer, and Daryl Ferguson. They and their families loved Macel dearly.
She will be greatly missed by Kevin and Sheri Johnson, of Concordia, and their children Joshua, Ashleigh and Addy, who are like adopted grandchildren. Macel loved the years of “baby sitting” these children and then keeping close ties as they grew up.
Many other close friends will miss her but rejoice that she is with her Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Funeral services will be held at Emmanuel Church on Monday, Dec. 14, 10:a.m. with Pastor Shane Britt officiating. Music will be provided by Pam Rothfuss at the organ. Following the service burial will be in the White Cloud Cemetery near Manchester. The Danner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 13, 3-4 p.m. at Danner Funeral Home.
Memorials can be made to Red Bird Mission School, Wycliffe Bible Translators, or Emmanuel Church and can be left at Emmanuel Church or left at or sent in care of the, Danner Funeral Home, POB 758 Abilene, Kansas.