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3701 East 7th Street
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: (417) 781-1711
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Marjorie Dilts

Marjorie Elaine Dilts (Hutchinson)

Tuesday, August 14th, 1934 - Friday, January 1st, 2021
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Marjorie E. Dilts, age 86, of Joplin, MO, graduated to glory on Friday, January 1, 2021. She was born to Gaylord and Ruth Hutchinson on August 14, 1934, in Findlay, Ohio. She graduated from Findlay High School, in Findlay, Ohio as Valedictorian.

She was offered a fully-funded music scholarship to the college or university of her choice, but she declined and decided to preach. She and some teenage friends traveled around preaching for several summers, driving all over Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. One summer she and three other girls held a revival in an abandoned one-room schoolhouse near Newark, Indiana. They cleaned out an old chicken coop for a prayer room. That revival was the beginning of a new church which still exists.

The summer after graduation Marjorie and her friend Ferrell Semler co-pastored a farm-community church in Gilboa, Ohio. One Sunday night a handsome young man named Paul Dilts attended service. As he entered the sanctuary Marjorie, playing the piano, heard God tell her that Paul was the man He had chosen for her. Paul accepted Christ there the following Wednesday. Five months later they were married. She resigned as pastor and became the Youth Director for Blanchard Avenue Pentecostal Church of God in Findlay. When Paul answered a call to ministry that year Marjorie was his teacher and guide.

In 1957 they moved to Tampa, Florida where they organized many tent revivals where hundreds of people were saved and healed. The tent was later used by a new congregation in Ruskin, Florida while they built their church. Paul and Marjorie pioneered Northside Pentecostal Church of God in Tampa, now known as New Life Church. Marjorie was elected Secretary-Treasurer for the South Florida District of their organization. They became District Youth leaders and established the summer Youth Camp program. In 1963 they pioneered another church in Bartow, Florida that still exists.

In 1965 they moved to Joplin, Missouri to pastor the First Pentecostal Church of God at 23rd & Annie Baxter. During that time Marjorie earned an Associate Degree in Journalism while also working as Secretary-Treasurer of the National Youth and Indian Missions departments at the Pentecostal Church of God headquarters. She organized youth conferences all over the country.

In 1974 they resigned from the church in Joplin to become resident missionaries in Central America, and stayed there for 20 years. A 7.6 earthquake struck Guatemala in 1976 and they became first responders, loading trucks with beans, rice, coffee, oil, sugar, flour and other staples from the grain market. They drove through rubble from landslides to the surrounding villages to deliver supplies and hope. From that disaster they established New Hope Christian School in a squatters’ village that had materialized from thousands of people left homeless from the earthquake. They set up a tent there and had a revival from which three churches were formed. The school and churches are still active.

While in Central America they helped establish 200 churches, a Bible Institute to teach young men and women to become evangelists, ministers and pastors, and established 3 grade schools.

Paul and Marjorie resigned their positions in Central America and returned to Joplin in the fall of 1994. They reopened their former church at 23rd and Annie Baxter and became pastors again. During that time Marjorie, at the age of 70, completed a 4-year degree in Spanish, became certified to teach, and taught Spanish and Missions classes at Messenger College in Joplin. They retired from pastoring in 2002 but still ministered in other churches and cared for widows and elderly friends.

From the church at 23rd & Annie Baxter many other churches and ministries have been created as well as ministers and missionaries. Additionally, Paul and Marjorie established Crown Ministries to help support the Central America schools, to help purchase land and supplies for building new churches there, and to support other ministries. Funds were provided recently for the hurricane recovery efforts in Central America, and the ministry will continue in order to honor the legacy they established.

Throughout their married lives Marjorie was an equal partner with Paul. They made all decisions together. In Central America Paul advised the organizational leaders and ministers that Marjorie would participate in all board meetings and have all of the same authority as him, accepted in equality, otherwise he would go back to the States or to another country as a missionary. Marjorie’s involvement and compassion paved the way for the women’s ministries that exist in Central America today.

Marjorie is survived by their three children - Rhonda Walton of Edmond, OK, Denise Hinkle and husband Sam Hinkle of Warsaw, MO, and Dennis Dilts and wife Joyce Dilts of Joplin, MO. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Paul F. Dilts, both parents, 2 sisters - Jeanne and Eileen, and an infant brother - Paul. She is survived by her sister, Anita Curtis, of Terrell, TX.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 7, 2020 at Joplin Family Worship Center in Joplin, MO. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening at Mason-Woodard Mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made to Crown Ministries in honor of Paul and Marjorie, which can be received at the funeral home or mailed directly to Crown Ministries PO Box 815, Joplin, MO 64801.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Mason-Woodard Chapel
    3701 East 7th Street
    Joplin, Missouri 64801
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  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, January 7th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Thursday, January 7th, 2021 10:00am
    Joplin Family Worship Center
    5290 E. 7th
    Joplin, Missouri 64801
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  • Interment

    Thursday, January 7th, 2021 | 11:30am
    Thursday, January 7th, 2021 11:30am
    Osborne Memorial Cemetery
    33rd & McClelland Blvd.
    Joplin, Missouri 64804
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Kervyn Smith

Posted at 12:35pm
Can you imagine the celebrating going on in Heaven around God's throne. Paul was waiting on her I am sure with a host of friends that cannot believe how beautiful Heaven really is. Beyond words. It really is worth all the effort and building that relationship with Jesus everyday. How beautiful heaven must be. It will be worth it all. Everyday with Jesus is sweeter than the day before. These songs we sang on earth will become alive in Heaven around the throne where some have said, it seems like a 1000 songs are in beautiful harmony. One man said I miss that from his time in Heaven. Thank you Jesus for making all this possible by giving your life for each of us. He said in Psalms 139 in the passion version that he loved us before he created anything and before he breathed us into our mothers womb and he wrote a book about us. Wonder what was in Sis Dilts book. Can't wait to have a visit at her place in Heaven. Peace and Comfort to all who knew and loved this woman of God!

Lorin Chester

Posted at 08:32pm
Our Love and prayers for each of our Dilts family in this time of your Mother/Grandmother leaving us. Heaven has been a much richer place by her arrival. What a rejoicing time she is having with your Dad and Jesus and all those who have gone before her, and my Mother and Dad, Florene and Donald Shute. Your Mom/Grandma was such a loving, beautiful, kind, thoughtful person, with a beautiful smile she gave to everyone. She loved her Lord and her family and everyone who knew her was always blessed by her love, smiles and encouraging words she had for each one. You all did such a beautiful job in honoring her at her Celebration of Life Service. We love you all and you will always be remembered in our prayers. Lorin and Donna Chester

Roger McCoy

Posted at 03:53pm
I will always remember how she played the organ and piano at 23rd and Annie Baxter. She even gave the occasional sermon. She sang like an angel. Spending time with her was always a joy. Church weenie roasts and fish fries were awesome. I will miss her but rejoice that she is with Paul and in heaven with so many others! Roger McCoy

Dennis and Kathy Semler

Posted at 09:02am
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