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Ruth Dorris Fliflet Lemos
June 10, 1925 Oct. 23, 2009
Ruth Dorris Fliflet Lemos entered into her eternal reward on October 23, 2009, after devoting nearly 60 years of her life as an Assemblies of God missionary to Brazil. Teamed up with her dedicated husband, John, they established a ministry which reached the entire country of Brazil and touched lives around the world.
Dorris was born in northern Wisconsin on June 10, 1925 to Joseph Fliflet and Ruth Bakke Fliflet. At an early age she demonstrated special talents in music, writing and speaking. After high school graduation, she attended Great Lakes Bible Institute in Zion, Illinois, where she prepared herself for the ministry. Upon graduation in 1946, she joined her family in Turlock where for the next four years she worked for the Turlock Journal. Dorris attended the Delhi Good Tidings Church and began a youth work which flourished under her leadership. In 1950 she married John Lemos, a native of Brazil, who came to America to do his ministerial training. They left for Brazil in 1951 where they have spent their entire lives developing their ministry. Their dream was realized in 1958 with the opening of the Pinda Bible School which now has more than 5000 graduates currently in ministerial positions in countries around the world, including USA.
Dorris was fully able to use her many talents, which included teaching, writing, arranging music and directing musical groups. She wrote many study books as well as many of the Sunday School materials used throughout Brazil. She and John were on Christian television regularly and spoke at conferences in Brazil and many other countries. Their impact on the Assemblies of God ministry in Brazil is immeasurable.
Dorris is survived by her husband of fifty-nine years, Rev. John Lemos, one son, Rev. Mark Lemos (Helba); two daughters, Rachel Santos (Rev. Claudio); and Rebekah Camara (Rev. Samuel), all of whom are in major full-time ministerial positions in Brazil. Also surviving are eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. She is survived by two sisters, Joyce Larson of Turlock and Rachel Friesen of Clovis, brothers, Rev. Paul Fliflet, Rev. Andrew Fliflet and David Fliflet, all of Turlock. Preceding Dorris in death were her parents, two sisters and a brother.
A celebration of Dorris’ life will be held on Saturday, December 12th, at 2:00 p.m. at the New Life Christian Center, 2918 Tuolumne Road, Turlock. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Assemblies of God World Missions Memorial Fund- Dorris Lemos, #891166 1 (42), 1445 Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65802.