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Marilee (Heaser) Augustine, 88

Marilee (Heaser) Augustine passed away Friday, Aug. 16, at Augustana Health Care Center of Hastings.

She was born in Winona, Minn., on Sept. 1, 1924, to Charles and Joy (Buckingham) Heaser.

Marilee is survived by her aunt Doris Lawrence of Grants Pass, Ore.; her brothers-in-law Adrian Boie and Grover Augustine; as well as many nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her sister Shirley Jean Boie.

After Marilee graduated from Winona High School, she took some secretarial training in order to provide for herself. When she graduated from that course, she worked for a few years as a secretary in Winona, Bemidji, and Plainview, Minn., but her real goal in life was to eventually become a missionary. This was realized in 1955 when Marilee graduated from the Watchtower Bible School of Gilead. Gilead provided Marilee with advanced training for both home and foreign missionary work. Students study Bible doctrine and prophecy, missionary service, Biblical law, public speaking, Bible research and archaeology, geography, Bible manuscripts, and Congregation organization. She was also trained in the Spanish language.

Marilee then was assigned to Maracay, Venezuela, to begin her missionary work. From there, after some time, she returned to the United States and was eventually reassigned to Santa Fe, N.M., as a special pioneer minister and worked there among the Spanish-speaking populace.

In 1964 Marilee married Gaylord Augustine, who was also a pioneer minister. Over the next 40 or so years, Gaylord and Marilee traveled all over the United States under the direction of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society caring for the needs of the faithful worshipers of Jehovah God until finally old age forced them, just a few years ago, to come back to Minnesota to live with relatives. When asked about her life's decisions, Marilee said "it was a good and rewarding life," and that she "would do it all again."

Marilee's family would especially like to thank the administration and staff of Augustana Health Care Center in Hastings. Their caring attention to Marilee's needs, especially after the loss of her husband Gaylord, made her stay there as pleasant as it could be.

A memorial service for Marilee will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Hastings Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 18205 Lillehei Ave. S. (Highway 61).

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