Alma Fay Ludwig, second daughter of Lee and Sarah (Ferguson) Ludwig, was born, January 30, 1927, in Mitchell SD. Her peaceful transition from the suffering of this life to the joys of eternal life with her Lord took place Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the age of 87 years and 21 days.
After time spent in such places as Garden City, Pierpont, and Crandall, South Dakota, as her parents pastored in these towns, the family returned to Mitchell. Thus, Alma spent her most of her growing-up years in Mitchell, a part of the Faith Home Chapel family and attending school and Bible College at Faith Bible School. Upon graduation, “Miss Ludwig,” as she became known through her adult life, taught at Faith Home School and in places as diverse as Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Arizona.
Alma served three years as a missionary in Cuba where she formed relationships with many people, including missionary colleagues, Mirella and Roberto Jimenez and their family, Miss Cecil Driscoll, and the many children of Baracoa, Cuba.
When the doors to Cuba closed, Alma returned to Mitchell in 1958 and here she has remained. She first taught elementary students and then moved to supervising individualized curricula for high school-aged students at Faith Bible School. She amplified her knowledge and skills as well, while taking summer courses at Dakota Wesleyan University. When boarding students began to return to Faith Bible School, she was named Girls Dean and then Superintendent of the School. Later, others took over the leadership of the school, but she remained Dean for hundreds of girls and occasionally some boys as well.
Although she taught students at all levels, Alma had a special affinity for beginning students and an exceptional ability to help young children learn to read.
In his famous poem “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost ponders life’s choices saying, “Two roads diverged in a wood/and I—I took the road less traveled by.” We here today are witness to Alma’s life, to the fact that when she came upon those roads in the woods, she did take the “one less traveled by” and that did make all the difference.
She was also a lifelong member vital part of Faith Home Chapel and Faith Missionary Association.
A few years ago Alma chose the following poem by Whitefield as an expression of how she felt about her own life.
“In Retrospect Rejoice”
Look back on all the way the Lord your God has led you.
Do you not see it dotted with ten thousand blessings in disguise?
Call to mind the needed succor sent at the critical moment;
The right way chosen for you, instead of the wrong way you had
Chosen for yourself; the hurtful thing to which your heart so fondly clung,
Removed out of your path, the breathing time granted,
Which you, tired and struggling spirit, just at the moment needed.
Oh, has not Jesus stood at your side when you knew it not?
Has not infinite Love encircled every event with its everlasting arms,
And gilded every cloud with its merciful lining?
Oh, retrace your steps and mark His footprint in each one!
Thank Him for them all, and learn the needed lesson
Of leaning more simply on Jesus.