September 10, 1922 - June 25, 2012
Reverend Dr. John Edward Maybury, born September 10, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, passed away on Monday June 25, 2012 peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his four blessed children: Patricia Gail Eckhardt, Suzanne Carol Lee, Stephen John Maybury, and Kim Ann Marie Nicholson -- who greatly loved him and will miss him. He was grandfather to twelve delightful grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They all loved him for his laughter, special stories and the prayers and encouragement he offered to help bless and grow their lives.
Rev. Dr. Maybury had a wide range of experiences in and out of the church and ministered for almost 60 years in various pastoral and lay settings. For 30+ years, he served as a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene across the U.S. He had been a chaplain in hospitals and the Civil Air Patrol and served as President and Director of the International Institute in Orange County, California where he helped thousands of refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laotian Hmong resettle in the United States. He taught at the California Christian Institute in the field of psychology and provided counseling services in a private practice. Rev. Dr. Maybury authored a number of magazine articles and books, including "Knowing and Living the Fruit of the Spirit", "The Celibate Priest and His Secretary", "Silver Years Among the Gold" and a booklet entitled "Burnout and The Bible". He also authored several books that featured his original poetry. He held four degrees in Bible and Theology and Church History and a M.A. and PhD. in Psychology with special training through APCE as a hospital Chaplain. He was married for 65 years to his beloved wife, Thelma Cody Maybury, who faithfully ministered with him, and who passed away July 29, 2011.
Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Maybury resided in Bend for 23 years and greatly enjoyed their friendships and love of the area. Both will be deeply missed by all who knew them.
A memorial service is scheduled at the Culver, Oregon Church of the Nazarene, 600 W. 3rd and E Street on Sunday July 22, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. to honor his memory. For those who wish, the family has suggested a donation to the Nazarene Missions either through their local Nazarene Church or c/o Pastor Martin Heesacker, P.O. Box 57, Culver, OR 97734-0057.