Obituary for Margaret Elleen Schoch
Margaret Elleen Grisham Schoch
October 5, 1926 – November 21, 2017
Margaret Grisham remembered as a child that they didn’t have very much, but she never felt poor. They always had something to eat (even if it was just milk, bread and a little sugar) and that their home was filled with love and faith. She received her invitation to the heavenly portals on November 21, 2017 after she had fallen and broken her hip while living in Citrus Heights, California. She was 91 years old.
She grew up in Tulare, California with her three sisters and parents, Walter and M. Ellen Grisham, who owned a dairy farm. She remembered in the second grade she and her sister, MaryEllen, rode a horse to school every day. At the early age of 4yrs old, she told everyone that she was going to be “a preacher’s wife” when she grew up. She graduated from Tulare Union High School in 1944.
Margaret went to Southern California Bible College, then locate in Pasadena, California. It is now Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California. There she met the man of her dreams, Paul C. Schoch who was studying for the ministry. They were married in June 1945. Her initials went from M.E.G. to M.E.S.!
She did become a Pastor’s wife. For the next 28 years, they pastored a home missions church in Happy Valley, Trinity Church, Assemblies of God in Compton and First Church, Assemblies of God in Oakland, all in California. Margaret enjoyed being a Pastor’s wife, where her many gifts would include being the pianist, teaching Bible classes, leading youth groups and women’s ministry, and being involved in the prayer ministry. She was an encourager and worked hand-in hand with her husband. This set the pattern for her life.
Paul and Margaret began traveling to the mission field in 1964 while still pastoring at Oakland. In 1974 they traveled full time in the US and internationally as Missionary Evangelists. They traveled to 54 different countries, often staying one to three month at a time, including England, Germany, India, Spain, Italy, South Africa and the contentment of Africa, Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, Mongolia and many more with Christ for All Nations. They often returned to many of these countries. Traveling was hard for Margaret, and she often went by faith, knowing that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
Margaret was very creative – a gift from God. She delighted in “beautiful”. She loved decorating her home. Though not extravagant, it was beautiful to her. She loved the soft colors of pink roses and green, often influcening her friends and family with her color scheme.
Her precious Paul, went to heaven in 2009 after 64 year of marriage and over 50 years of ministry. She is also preceded in death by her two sisters, MaryEllen Schiek and Francis Ming, her son Herbert R. Schoch, and great-Grandson, Christopher Michael Clarke. She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Clarke (Dan), eight grandchildren and spouses: Denise Schoch Haman (Clark), Janet Schoch Juhala (Jeff) and Tom Schoch (Jill), Daniel Clarke, David Clarke (Danae) and Timothy Clarke; and ten great-grandchildren: Katelyn and Audrey Haman; Jessica, Janae, Johnathan and Judy Juhala; Lorelai and Mairead Schoch; and Cade and Cole Clarke. She is also survived by her sister EttaMae Girton and brother-in-law Rev. Raymond Schiek as well as many beloved nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to The Paul and Margaret Memorial Scholarship fund at EPIC Bible College and Graduate School, www.epic.edu; or 4330 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95841