Chaffin, Nelda F. (Hann) (December 28, 1922 - May 3, 1996)
Douglas Budget - May 8, 1996Funeral services for Nelda F. Chaffin, 73, were May 6 at the Assembly of God Church in Douglas.
A prayer service was held May 5 at the Assembly of God Church in Lovell. Burial was in the Douglas Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Chaffin died May 3, 1996, at Deaconess Medical Center in Billings, Mont., after a brief illness.
She was born to Henry and Mary Hann on Dec. 28, 1922, in Galesburg, Ill. She attended Southwestern Bible College in Waxahatchie, Texas, graduating in 1941.
On Aug. 2, 1942, she married Robert G. Chaffin of Woodston, Kan. Soon afterward they were called to pastor by the Webster Assembly of God Church in Webster, Kan. Mrs. Chaffin ministered faithfully with her husband, pastoring several churches, including the Douglas Assembly of God Church, as well as building and repairing church parsonages.
She also worked as matron and dispatcher for the Thornton (Colo.)Police Department and was a nursing home administrator in Denver.
In 1977, the Chaffins began ministering with Native Americans on the Wind River Reservation at Ethete. They were appointed by the General Council of the Assemblies of God as National Home Missionaries.
They moved to serve at Central Indian Bible College in Mobridge, S.D., in 1984. Due to illness, Mrs. Chaffin retired from Bible College work in 1991 and was titled an Honorary Home Missionary by the Assemblies of God.
In 1994, the Chaffins were called out of retirement for ministry and pastoral service by the Lovell Assembly of God Church. Until the time of her hospitalization, she was active in faithfully sharing the love of God and the message of salvation to those she ministered to.
She was preceded in death by her only son, Daniel Glen Chaffin, in 1987.
She is survived by her husband, Robert of Lovell; sister Edith Bernice Anderson of Springfield, Mo.; daughter-in-law Debbie Chaffin and none grandchildren of Phoenix, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews and friends.
Her faithfulness to God will be missed by all who came to know her graceful presence in this life.
Haskel Funeral Home of Lovell and Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas were in charge of arrangements.