Terri J. Rather, 65, of Salina, Kansas, died on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at the Eaglecrest Retirement Community in Salina, Kansas. God blessed Terri with a holy death and took her home to rest in the arms of Jesus to await the resurrection of the dead.
God gave to Terri (Pfortmiller) Rather the gift of earthly life on February 18, 1956, born to Orville and Loretta (Blank) Pfortmiller in Russell, Kansas. God gave her the gift of new life in Christ through the sacrament of Holy Baptism on March 4, 1956, and she was confirmed in this Christian faith on May 17, 1970, at Peace Lutheran Church in Natoma, Kansas. On May 18, 1991, Terri and Ron Rather were united in marriage.
She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Salina. May our Savior, Jesus Christ, who came for us all, give comfort and strength to Terri’s family and friends through His promise, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die!” (John 11:24-26).
Terri is survived by her father, Orville of Natoma, Kansas; her husband, Ron Rather of Salina, Kansas; son Clayton Slipke and wife Lindsay of Klamath Falls, Oregon, sister Becky Mangus and husband Gary of Winfield, Kansas, brothers Ricky Pfortmiller and wife Joy of Natoma, Kansas and Scott Pfortmiller and wife Jennifer of St. John, Kansas, and five dearly beloved nieces.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Loretta Pfortmiller on August 29th, 2002.
A celebration of Terri’s life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at the Peace Lutheran Church in Natoma, Kansas. Burial will follow at the Natoma Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. Saturday morning, November 6th at the church. Terri was passionate about serving in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. The family suggests memorials to the LWML Kansas District. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell and Natoma, Kansas, is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.
The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord!