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Margaret Emma Carlow

Margaret Emma Carlow


April 12, 1917 - Sept. 18, 2005

Margaret Emma Carlow, formerly of Corvallis, died Sept. 18 in Ontario, Ore. She was 88.

She was born in Jackson, Wyo. She graduated from Northern Idaho College of Education in Lewiston, Idaho, with a B.A. in education. She attended the Far Eastern and Russian Language School of the University of California and subsequently graduated from Central Bible College in Springfield, Mo., with a B.A. in religious education. Later, she received her master's degree in secondary education, specializing in language arts, at the University of Hawaii.

God called her to be a missionary to Japan on April 5, 1937. She and her mother shared many difficult experiences, before, during and after World War II, striving to keep their family together and happy. Margaret worked many jobs to support herself through her schooling and also to contribute to the family's income.

Prior to her missionary appointment, Margaret taught in the public schools of Idaho for eight years and served as co-pastor of the Assembly of God Church in Cambridge, Idaho. While seeking the Lord, she received assurance from Him that she would be going to Japan. The Lord fulfilled His promise, and she left for Japan in 1948 under appointment of the Foreign Missions Department of the Assemblies of God. She became the first evangelistic missionary to be sent to the city of Sendai in northern Honshu after WWII. In 1952, she moved to Tokyo to begin work at the Central Bible Institute and with the Literature Department of the Assemblies of God. She supervised the publication of tracts, pamphlets and other religious literature. Her outstanding knowledge of the Japanese language and her familiarity with the vernacular of the people gave her an exceptional place of ministry in Japan.

Margaret moved to Korea in 1962 and ministered there until 1968. She served as Academic Dean of the Eternal Life evening college. To help care for her mother, who had suffered a stroke, Margaret transferred to Home Missions in Hawaii, where she evangelized Koreans and Japanese during this necessary time of caring for her mother.

After the death of her mother, Margaret returned to Japan in 1971. She continued teaching classes for ministerial students and English-as-a-second-language classes for medical doctors and nurses. Her influence and ministry touched many lives. The last year of her final term, Margaret began teaching English as a second language at a missionary school for girls in Manila, Philippines. She also served as the missionary pastor at the Japanese Christian fellowship of Manila and taught at Bethel Bible College. She left Manila on Dec. 21, 1989, and retired to Corvallis. She was very active in the Kings Circle Assembly of God. As she continued to minister to Japanese students during her retirement, she saw the challenge of leading these young people to a deeper life with their Savior.

Margaret was preceded in death by her brother, Robert, who died as a child; her brother, Earnest, who died in the Pacific Theater in World War II; her brother, Stanley; her sister, Mary Alice Jones; and her mother, Ruth Maben Carlow.

She is survived by her nieces, Mary and Nina Carlow; her nephew, John; and "Bud" Jones.

Margaret's life is a shining example of dedication and sacrifice for the Kingdom of Christ.

Margaret will be buried next to her brother, Robert. There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Kohlerlawn Cemetery in Nampa, Idaho, with a memorial service following at 11:45 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church, Nampa, Idaho.

Thomason Funeral Home of Weiser, Idaho, is in charge of arrangements.

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