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Date published: 10/4/2013

Loreeda Niemann

Loreeda Ruth Jones Niemann, 89, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Kingsport, Tenn., where she had made her home for the past several years.

She was born Nov. 3, 1923, in Coeburn, the daughter of Chester Boyce and Susan Pearl Carico Jones. She was a 1949 graduate of Emory & Henry College with a degree in English. To further fund her education, she taught one year at St. Paul High School. In 1952, with a master's degree in Bible and theology, she graduated from Scarlett College and Vanderbilt University School of Religion.

She was then named the director of Christian education from 1952 until 1960 at Asbury Memorial Methodist Church in Harrisonburg. In 1960, she accepted the position of director of Christian education at Harris Memorial Methodist Church, Honolulu, where she remained until 1963. At that time, she assumed the position of a diaconal minister of the United Methodist Church and served as a campus minister at the Wesley Foundation, creating a vitally active program involving both students and faculty at Mary Washington College. In 1970, under her leadership, the Wesley Foundation became ecumenical. With its name changed to the Campus Christian Center, it included participation by local Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopal and Presbyterian churches, welcoming students of all of those denominations.

She retired from her position as campus minister in 1987 and married. She enjoyed reading and traveling, was active in community activities and served as program chairman of Wesleyan Circle and the Merry Makers. She was an active member of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ralph A. Niemann; brothers Harold, Blaine and Clyde; and sisters Evelyn Grizzle, Pauline Farmer and Avanell Ringley.

She is survived by a sister, Margaret Ann Dunning of Newport News, and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Niemann's desire was to be interred beside her beloved husband in Oak Hill Cemetery in Fredericksburg. A celebration of her life will be held at the cemetery at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

Online condolences to the family are available at cartertrent.com.

Carter-Trent Funeral Home in downtown Kingsport, Tenn., is serving the family.