Traditions Tea: Marjean Fooshee

Marjean3From our annual Traditions Tea held in November, here is Marjean Fooshee’s interview with Evanelle Olinger.

Marjean was raised in Wichita and attended North High School. She met George Fooshee at North and they began dating, continuing through college. For her first year of college, Marjean attended a girl’s school in Tennessee and then transferred to KU, receiving a degree in education with a minor in Speech Correction. George went to SMU, then Harvard Business School. They married and were blessed with two daughters, Jenny and Amy.  Now, after 58 years of marriage, they have 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren with another on the way!

Although Marjean was raised in a Bible-teaching church, her heart was not touched by the gospel. She was well-versed in Bible stories but was not a Christian yet. After her marriage to George, they attended a church which preached and taught a social gospel. But it was through the long and wearing death of George’s father and the events afterward that God became real to them both. A women’s prayer group at their church provided a scholarship for Marjean and George to attend a retreat. They thought they were receiving an all-expense paid vacation but this vacation was different! They observed people carrying and reading their Bibles. George and Marjean heard teaching in a way they had never heard before and the last night of the retreat God touched their hearts and together they both went forward and gave their lives to God.

George set the spiritual pace in their home and Marjean grew as she memorized Scripture and studied about how to fill her role as a godly wife and mother. She gathered a group of young women, including Lynn Nolte, and together they studied their roles as wives and mothers. God multiplied that class, which they named “The Christian Home Class”, until there were classes spread all over the city and women began to grow in their marriages and understand God’s plan for them. Susan Dorsey said that God used Marjean’s friendship with her mother, Lynn, during this time to impact her as a young girl. Her whole life she has watched these two women follow God’s plan in marriage, parenting, and friendship and Susan says that she is who she is today because of their examples of faithful obedience to the Lord.

Through the years, George and Marjean have worked hand in hand in ministry as they studied and memorized Scripture, led Bible studies, and counseled couples. They became deeply involved in Crown Financial Ministries here in Wichita and also traveled to conduct seminars. They continue to serve as a couple, greeting people at the front door before the 9 a.m. service. Their newest ministry is to be salt and light to the people around them at Larksfield Place Retirement Center. They desire to be open about their faith watching for every opportunity to share Christ as He opens the door.

Currently Marjean also serves in ministry by greeting in the toddler nursery, serving on the Worship Focus Team as well as mentoring young women. She’s also involved in a weekly prayer group and serves at The Urban Ministry Institute, a ministry of World Impact.

Marjeans’s advice to Women of First Free? Scripture!

  • Marjean’s life verse is Psalm 40:8 “I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” Other favorite verses are: Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:11-12, “…. I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
  • Marjean believes a verse vital for her marriage and others is Philippians 2:3-4: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

Marjean’s last words for us: Watch your focus. Keep your focus on Jesus.

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