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Dema Chupp

July 10, 1930 January 16, 2018
Dema Chupp
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Dema Chupp went home to her Lord and Savior, surrounded by family at her Rock of Ages home near McMinnville, on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at the age of 87 years, 5 months, and 16 days. Born July 10, 1930 in Oklahoma to Menno and Esther (Stutzman) Swartzentruber.
She began grade school in Oklahoma and then moved to Oregon at the age of 7 where she completed her elementary education in Amity, Oregon.
She grew up in an Amish family, learning to work on the family farm, milking cows by hand and learned many tasks on a dairy farm at a young age. The farm was without electricity until the mid 1950’s.
On June 28, 1951 she married the love of her life, Andrew A. Chupp at the family farm. They enjoyed 66 years together. They lived on the family farm for 11 years where their family continued to grow. They had two daughters and four sons. The family then moved to another farm close by for 4 years before moving to Astoria for the next 4 years then back to the Willamette Valley near Dayton.
Dema was a homemaker, enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, helped her children on paper routes and seasonal harvesting. She also enjoyed crocheting; gifting many of her afghans to those she loved. She was the hub of family activities, nurturing, disciplining, encouraging, not only her own children, but many others by teaching Sunday school and other children activities.
After all of her children were in school, she was employed by the Dayton School District as a cook and custodian, where she could keep an eye on her children.
Dema maintained a sense of humor. Up to her last day, when asked how she was feeling she would rub her fingers together and say “with my fingers”. She touched and blessed many lives wherever she went with her positive attitude.
She gave her heart to the Lord and was baptized in her youth. She was faithfully involved in Church work all her life, in addition to Sunday school and Bible school she and Andrew were youth sponsors. She also was faithful helping the ladies sewing circle at the Sheridan Mennonite Church where she was a member doing relief work for the needy. She had a servant heart.
When their children were grown, Dema and Andrew, in their mid-fifties, embarked on a mission only the young at heart would do. They headed to language school in Texas to learn Spanish and on to the mission filed in Zacatecas, Mexico, for seven years where again Dema’s gentle spirit touched the hearts of children and adults while they both showed Christ’s love.
After serving on the mission field they moved to Florida where they continued to serve others taking care of Dema’s father in his later years until his passing. They moved back to Oregon in 2001 to be close to their children and in 2012 made their home at Rock of Ages Retirement Village.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her son Marion; five brothers, Enos, Elmer, Norman, Menno Jr. and Valentine; three sisters, Mattie, Bertha, and Ruth.
Dema is survived by her husband Andrew, their children, Ruth D’Agostino, Lynnwood, WA; Twila (Delvin) Zook, McMinnville, OR; Gordon (Wilma) Chupp, McMinnville, OR; Steven (Deanna) Chupp, Nappannee, IN; Calvin (Peggy) Chupp, Dayton, OR; 19 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; two sisters, Naomi Swartz and Irene Shearer as well as many nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 21st, 10:00am, at Sheridan Mennonite Church, 240 SW Madison St. in Sheridan. A burial services will follow at the Mennonite Cemetery on Sawtell Road. Viewing will be Saturday, January 20th at Macy and Son from 4-7pm. In memory of Dema contributions can be made to Christian Aid Ministries at: christianaidministries.org.
As a family we are grateful to the Church and many friends for your prayers and support. We as a family are so thankful to Dad who took very special care of Mom during her many days of weakness. We also are thankful for the Rock of Ages MAIDS staff who supported Dad in Mom’s care. A special thanks for the care given by Paula and other Hospice nurses. Dad is also grateful for all the support.


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funeral

Sunday

21

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10:00 AM 1/21/2018 10:00:00 AM
Sheridan Mennonite Church

240 SW Madison Street
Sheridan, OR 97378

Sheridan Mennonite Church
240 SW Madison Street Sheridan 97378 OR
United States

cemetery

Sunday

21

Jan

10:30 AM 1/21/2018 10:30:00 AM
Sheridan Mennonite Cemetery

240 SW Madison Street
Sheridan, OR 97378

Sheridan Mennonite Cemetery
240 SW Madison Street Sheridan 97378 OR
United States
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