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Effie Joan Behrens, 92, went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the Towne House Health Center in Fort Wayne. She was born Feb. 25, 1918 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Thomas D. and Pamela J. Roberts. She was a graduate of South Side High School in Fort Wayne. On Dec. 21, 1935 she married Dr. Otto K. Behrens. During their early married years together they lived in Washington, D.C., Oxford, England and New York City, N.Y. In 1940 they moved to Indianapolis where she lived until moving to Fort Wayne in the fall of 2008.
Along with caring for her family, she dedicated her life to serving her church and community. She taught Sunday School for many years at First Baptist Church in Indianapolis, was president of the Indiana Baptist Women, president of the American Baptist Church of Indiana and on the Board of Directors of Edna Christian Martin Center in Indianapolis, the Board of Trustees of Northern Theological Seminary in Chicago and the Board of Trustees of Franklin College, Franklin. In May of 2005 she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree by Franklin College.
Surviving relatives include her son, Otto K. (Diane) Behrens, Jr. of Columbia City; daughter, Joan (Calen) Rayne of Hillsborough, N.H.; eight grandchildren, Connie (Ron) Raypole of Columbia City, Cheryl (Jim) Collett of Larwill, Karl (Tammy) Behrens of Fort Wayne, Carrie (Matt) Creech of Fort Wayne, Patricia (John McShane) Land of Morgantown, Susan (Tomas) Perez of Bloomington, Karen (Thomas) McShane of Pulaski, Tenn. and Sara (Ian) Washburn of Bloomington; 35 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Pamela Roberts; her husband of 54 years, Dr. Otto K. Behrens; two brothers, John David and William B. Roberts; and her sister, Gwendolyn A. Roberts.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Indianapolis with calling beginning at 10 a.m. Leppert Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
You may visit the website www.leppertmortuary.com where you may sign the guest book, share a memory with the family, or make a donation to First Baptist Church of Indianapolis Memorial Fund.