ETHEL LOUISE TWING, RN, born June 20, 1922 in Lake Lucerne, New York, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in Kennewick, Washington. She was the youngest child of John C. and Cora B. Hall of Lake Lucerne, New York. Ethel married James Arthur Twing of Jamaica, Vermont on October 24, 1942. 

A graduate of Union Springs Academy, she studied at Atlantic Union College, Eastern Washington State College, and graduated from Walla Walla Community College (WWCC). Prior to her graduation from WWCC, she lived in various places while her husband was a corpsman in the United States Army during World War II; a student at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan; a student in California at Loma Linda University (where he became a physical therapist and obtained a bachelors degree), a student at Southern California University; and while he attended medical school at the University de Autonoma, Guadalajara Mexico.  After graduating from medical school in 1963 and performing a year of voluntary service, the couple located in Spokane, Washington for a number of years while he completed a United States residency.  After that James joined a medical practice in Lake Orion, Michigan.  The practice sent one of its three doctors on rotation for mission service with the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Dr. Twings assignment was to Heri Mission Hospital, Tanzania, East Africa.  After his six- month mission service was completed, he was invited by the church to return on permanent assignment. In 1970, the couple, with his mother, Elizabeth Twing, arrived in Africa.  On January 26, 1972, Dr. Twing was killed in an airplane accident.  His widow, Ethel, and her mother-in-law, returned to the United States. 

A licensed practical nurse, Ethel immediately entered school to become a registered nurse so she could return to service for the church in Africa.  While she prepared for her board exams, Ethel raised funds to build Twing Memorial Clinic and adjoining buildings in Kigoma, a community 30 miles from the hospital.  In 1975 she returned to Africa where she had served with her husband.  She served first as a nurse at Heri Mission Hospital. Then she served as director of the Mother/Child Health program of the hospital. Ethel was among the people who in 1990 spearheaded the establishment of the West Tanzania Field of the church.  Ethel didn’t just do her job. She took African young people into her home – educating those with promise.  She taught pastors how to preach, established congregations, bought roofing and built churches, and sponsored church workers in Tanzania, including pastors, teachers, and nurses.  She purchased property and started an elementary school with more than 600 students currently enrolled.  She remained In Africa until after she was 80 years old and had suffered a stroke. Ethel was a loyal member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Tanzania, where her membership was held until passed to her rest. 

One of her students, Pastor Musa Mitekaro, ministerial director in Tanzania, is developing a secondary school under the direction of Twing Memorial Ministries, a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt non-profit organization she started (

Ethel is survived by three children (listed in birth order):  Alan Twing of Phoenix, Arizona; Bruce Twing (Cecilia) of Boring, Oregon; and Sylvia Hauner (Dennis), of Plymouth, Washington. She is survived by grandchildren listed here by the birth order of their parents:  James Arthur Twing (Emily), Tammy Pannekoek (Luke), Jeremy Twing Terwillegar (Danielle); and Denise Brody (Curtis), Shawn Twing, and Tara Ofisa (Ioane); and Jeff Schlaht (Jennifer). She is also survived by 11 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and in Africa by many young people who lovingly call her “Mama Twing.” 

A service to Celebrate the Life of Ethel Louise Twing will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014, 3:00 pm, Pasco/Riverview Seventh-day Adventist Church, 605 N. Road 36, Pasco, Washington  99301.  A light reception featuring haystacks, Ethel’s favorite meal for her youth group, will be held following the service in the fellowship hall.  

Several memorial services are being planned in Africa.  Ethel will be interred with her late husband, Dr. James Twing, on the campus of the East Tanzania Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, in Morogoro, Tanzania, East Africa. 

For more information about these services, please contact Pastor Musa Mitekaro at; Rachel Twing Terwillegar at; or Dr. Larry Hawkins at 

In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be sent to Twing Memorial Ministries, PO Box 6, College Place, Washington 99324, or made through a credit card online at

Please leave your thoughts, upload photos, etc. as we celebrate her life here on this website:, or send material to Rachel Twing Terwillegar at Background music for the memorial website is performed by the Heritage Singers with her son, Bruce Twing, soloist for her favorite hymn, "Jesus, Jesus, There’s Just Something About That Name."