Sue Steury, who served at Tenwek for 38 years beside her husband, Dr. Ernie Steury, went home to be with her Lord on September 28, 2021, at the age of 89. The Steurys were missionaries through World Gospel Mission and helped grow a small medical dispensary into Tenwek Hospital. As Dr. Steury provided medical care, Sue cared for their four children and forged many bonds with the Kipsigis people, particularly mothers.
Sue served as hostess for the many visiting medical staff and students. In addition to being the station bookkeeper, she trained many Sunday school teachers. Working with Tenwek’s Community Health program, Sue also taught outreach workers how to integrate lessons about safe health practices with sharing the Gospel.
The Steurys retired from service in Kenya in 1997. That same year, Tenwek Hospital dedicated one of its multipurpose buildings in honor of Sue’s faithful service at Tenwek and to the Kipsigis people. That building was involved in a catastrophic fire in February 2018. It has been undergoing significant restoration and is being transformed into a new facility to accommodate a number current and future medical specialties and services.
“Sue Steury’s devotion to Tenwek Hospital’s mission and the lasting impact of her service are embedded at Tenwek,” notes Dr. David Hoover, president of Friends of Tenwek. “Assisting with the renovation of the Sue Steury building is one way we can honor her memory.”