Retired missionary Marion Rich passes away

Carmichaels, Pennsylvania

Retired missionary Marion Rich passed away December 6 from injuries sustained in a car accident. She was 88.

Marion was born December 5, 1925, in Wharton, New Jersey, a daughter of the late Frank and Rose S. Gall Kish. At age 26, Marion married Harry Rich June 5, 1952.

She served the Church of the Nazarene with her husband in many capacities throughout her life. Marion was a member of General Missionary Council for the Church of the Nazarene and co-chaired with G. B. Williamson. She served abroad as a missionary and teacher for 26 years in French- and English-speaking areas, including Haiti, Quebec, and Kenya, and also served in many capacities in the local Church of the Nazarene in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. Marion authored five books, taught preachers in three languages, and was an instructor at Africa Nazarene University in Nairobi, Kenya.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, missionary Dwight Daniel Rich of Quito, Ecuador; Sharon Louise Harvey of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and Vicki Lynn Wicks of Claresholm, Alberta, Canada; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Deceased are a son, Scott Rayfield Rich, who died in infancy, and four brothers, George Kish, Frank Kish, James Kish, and Steven Kish.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 10, at First Church of the Nazarene, 115 Deerfield Lane, Waynesburg, PA 15370, with John Poling officiating. Condolences may be expressed at

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to International Gideon Society for Bibles or to a memorial church that will be constructed in Haiti through Waynesburg First Church of the Nazarene.