Mae M. Teeter

JAN. 14, 1925-DEC. 11, 2012

December 15, 2012

Mae McDaniel Teeter was born Jan. 14, 1925, in South Carolina. She was the fourth of five children born to William and Lemma McDaniel. Her father passed away at a young age, leaving Mae’s mother to raise the family.

After graduating from high school, Mae attended Flora McDonald College in North Carolina. Following her degree there, Mae went on to attend nursing school at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, where she became president of her class. Her goal was to serve the Lord in foreign missions as a nurse.

While in “Yankee country,” she met and married James Teeter. Not long after Jim started his career as a surgeon, Mae’s goal of serving in foreign missions was realized.

Starting in the Ivory Coast in Africa, Jim and Mae teamed up in the operating room, serving those far less fortunate than in the United States. Each year for the next 35, they spent from one to three months per year serving in medical missions. Though they served on every continent but Antarctica, they returned most often to Tenwek Hospital in Kenya. After securing her Kenya nursing certificate, Mae taught in the nursing school as part of her service at Tenwek. While stationed at Tenwek, she set her sights on climbing Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, and summited at the age of 65.

While stateside, Mae raised four sons, Timothy, Paul, Jonathan and Mark. Tragically, an accident took the life of her youngest, Mark, at age 3. As is often the case, God can use a tragedy to bring about something good. In this case, it was the founding of Mark Teeter Memorial Park on their Pennsylvania property. From the mid-1960s until the present time, Child Evangelism Fellowship has used the park throughout the summer as a day camp for children from all over the county. The result has been that thousands of children have heard the good news of the Gospel.

Mae made the last trip to her beloved Kenya in the year 2000, when she and Jim were honored by some of Kenya’s highest dignitaries at the opening of a new nursing school at Tenwek Hospital. They had kicked off the project financially and seen it through to completion. The head nurse’s office was dedicated to Mae and Jim.

Not long after, Mae began a long, slow decline mentally and physically with Alzheimer’s disease. In typical Mae Teeter fashion, she was sweet and kind to the end, as full of her strong faith as ever. She passed away peacefully during the early hours of Dec. 11, 2012.

She is survived by her sons, Timothy, Paul and Jonathan; two daughters-in-law, Judi (Paul) and Brenda (Jonathan); three grandchildren, Mark, Rachel and Rebecca; one sister, Carol; and two sisters-in-law, Hannah and Priscilla.

There will be a memorial service for Mae on Dec. 29.  Details will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Child Evangelism Fellowship, P.O. Box 6, Waynesboro, PA 17268, in Mae’s honor. 

Mae’s family has entrusted her care to Lochstampfor Funeral Home Inc., Waynesboro, Pa. For memorial service time details and to read Mae’s full obituary, share your memories and photos and offer your condolences, go to

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