Terry Lee Krause, 65, went home to be with her Savior on Monday, March 30, 2020 at her home in Mattawan, MI.
This is my story.
I grew up in Allegan where I met the love of my life, Konrad, in the 7th grade. Although we did not date until our senior year in High School, we were married the February following graduation in 1973. A few years later the Lord blessed us with two beautiful children; Jennifer, in 1979 and Eric, in 1980. Though we both believed in a God, I did not really know the Lord at the time but I believed there was a god. Konrad and I wanted our children to know about God so we began the search for a church. We visited a few churches but they were not what Konrad was used to. He grew up attending the Allegan Baptist Church. I on the other hand attended church rarely. When I did it was the Christian Science Church. As a result I was not picky about the church we would attend. Konrad gave his life to the Lord earlier in life. I however was still searching to know God. We finally settled on a little church on Nichols Road, called Westwood Baptist. I was amazed at the pastor that used the Bible for the whole sermon. My mom told me that I used to try and read the Bible when I was little, but it did not make sense to me at this time. As I listened to the pastor talk about the scriptures, they finally made sense. The Holy Spirit was convicting my heart of my sin and that I needed a savior. On March 21, 1981 I asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. Ephesians 2: 8-9 told me that works or being good enough was not the way to salvation. I realized that the only thing I could do was to trust in what Jesus had done for me on the cross.
I Corinthians 15: 2-4. To make this my own I had to take the action of receiving Jesus as my Savior and I did, John 1:12. Now I wanted to serve my loving Savior and live a life that was pleasing to him. There was a need for Awana Leaders and I became a leader. What a blessing those Awana books were as I learned the verses right along with the children. God's word became real to me and I finally began to understand the Scriptures. Life was not easy as I experienced all the ups and downs that come with living life. I have dealt with economic ups and downs, but then the big one came: dealing with cancer. I found through all of life's challenges that the only way to deal with them was to trust God and cast all of my care upon him. Peter 1: 2-9 became verses that I memorized to help me through. I tried to get my husband to understand how serious my diagnosis was, but he didn't want to believe that my prognosis was so dire and he held out hope that our Lord wouldn't allow it to happen. Throughout it all, our God has always been faithful in spite of my condition getting steadily worse. It's gotten so painful that I yearn to go to my heavenly home and be face to face with my savior our Lord Jesus Christ. On Monday March 30th, at 4:30 pm Terry Lee Krause went home to be with the Lord!
Terry leaves behind her loving Husband of 47 years, Konrad; her children, Jennifer (Matt) Grote and Eric (Sarah) Krause; Grandsons, Luke and Marshall as well as her brother, Harry (Robin) Duncan. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eli and Sarah Duncan.
Private services were held due to the current health crisis and interment took place in Maple Grove Cemetery, Mattawan, MI.
Contributions may be made to the Berean Baptist Church 7813 S. 12th St, Portage 49024.
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