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She is remembered by Luis Ma. Alman Bornes, of the pastoral team of Iglesia Anabautista Menonita de Buenos Aires as “the driving force that awakened the spark enlightening the search for building a more radical, more Anabaptist, more ecumenical community.”

His memories of Eunice were included in a digital church bulletin on March 25, 2023: “As a committed pacifist, she taught us to stand up against and resist any injustice, any exclusion, any tyranny.”

Eunice was born February 5, 1926, in Pehuajó, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Ada (Ramseyer) and Nelson Litwiller, who had been appointed by Mennonite Board of Missions (MBM) in 1925 to serve in Argentina. Eunice married Daniel W. Miller in 1947. MBM is a predecessor agency of Mennonite Mission Network.

Daniel and Eunice became long-term missionaries/fraternal workers from 1950 to 1985, serving in Argentina, Uruguay and Mexico under MBM, and the Franconia Mennonite Conference. She also served as a translator for Mennonite World Conference, working as a team with her daughter Marisa from 2003 to 2021.

In 2020, Eunice was interviewed for Personajes Que Dejan Huella Entre Los Anabautistas (People who left footprints among the Anabaptists). She wrote:

“With my husband Daniel we formed a pastoral couple, doing joint work; this is how a fraternal relationship should be. There must be no difference between men and women. Each one makes their contribution according to their gifts. We are all pastors in a community of believers. We are all servants, serving one another.”

During several months in 1986 they traveled throughout Central America with the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary (SEMILLA), offering biblical formation to members of the congregations and meeting with local church leaders in small communities.

Linda Shelly, Director for Latin America, said Eunice chose the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount as a guide for community practice, and she encouraged Mennonite churches to recover their historic theological roots in the Anabaptist movement of the 16th century.

Eunice’s nephew Edward Miller expressed recently that “Eunice was a strong Christian woman who always spoke her mind; she was a great model of how to live the Christian life.”

Daniel and Eunice retired in 1986 in Buenos Aires, where they became members of the Iglesia Anabautista Menonita de Buenos Aires (IAMBA).

Surviving her are son Robert Kent (Houston, Texas), daughter Marisa (Buenos Aires, Argentina), six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren (U.S. and Argentina). She was preceded in death by her husband Daniel and her son Gregory. Eunice's remains were cremated on March 25, 2023, and interment of her ashes will be held at a future date in a special memorial ceremony in the British Cemetery in Buenos Aires.

 

 

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