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In Memoriam

Grace Louise Fabian

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Douglassville, PA—Grace Louise Fabian of Douglassville, Pennsylvania passed away on January 1, 2024. She was born on January 26, 1938 in Syracuse, New York, the daughter of Clarence Eddie Jones and Myrtle Blanche (Scaife) Jones.

Grace received her Training Certificate in Bible from the Practical Bible Training School and earned her Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies from the State University of New York. She earned her master’s degree in human resource leadership from Azusa Pacific University in 1990. Finally, in 2010, she received a Doctorate of Divinity from Davis Bible College.

Grace worked for Wycliffe Bible Translators for 52 years. She worked among the Quixteco people of Mexico for 10 years. In 1969, she and her husband moved to Papua New Guinea to serve among the Nabak people, to translate the precious scriptures they treasured so dearly. In spite of her husband’s tragic death in 1993, Grace pressed on to complete the translation with a grand dedication ceremony in 1998. After retiring from Wycliffe, she published a memoir of her life, titled “Outrageous Grace.”

Grace was a studious Bible translator and a persevering missionary. Her entire life was a testimony of the grace of God sustaining her wherever the will of God took her. Her gentleness was her strength, and her determined spirit overpowered her momentary feelings of inadequacy as she looked to her shepherd for constant guidance.

Grace is survived by her dear sisters, Kathryn Jones and Mary Macie; her four children, Jonathan Fabian, Dietlinde Hoffman, Heidi Cassise, and Kurt Fabian; as well as 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her sister, Arloween (Jones) Keller, her husband, Edmund Fabian, and her sister Carmilla (Jones) Ritchey.

Calling hours with the family will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 13 at the Hopewell Church, 2286 Hopewell Road, Elverson, Pennsylvania. A Memorial Service will follow at 1 p.m. at the Hopewell Church.

In lieu of flowers, and to honor Grace Fabian’s legacy, please consider making a donation to help complete the Nabak audio Bible at


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