Arlene Emma Landis Hege, 95, of Landis Homes, Lititz, Pa., died Nov. 15, 2020, at her residence. She was born Sept. 22, 1925, to Edwin W. and Anna Witmer Landis in Lampeter.
She married Nathan B. Hege on May 1, 1951. She was a member of Willow Street Mennonite Church and a 1950 graduate of Goshen College.
Along with her husband, she was a missionary in Ethiopia from 1950 to 1974 as a teacher and in production of Christian literature in the Amharic language. She published two books, Christian Family Living and a commentary on Jeremiah and directed their translation and editing into Amharic.
She later worked at Provident Book Store, Lancaster, in the book department until her retirement in 1995. She also taught Sunday school at Willow Street Mennonite Church. In 1998 she assisted Nathan in writing Beyond Our Prayers, a 50-year history of the Meserete Kristos church in Ethiopia.
Survivors include her husband, Nathan; a daughter, Beth Ann (Matthew) Bonk of Lancaster; a son, Harold Wharton (Pat) Hege of Delran, N.J.; a daughter-in-law, Sylvia P. Hege of Johns Island, S.C.; sisters-in-law Almeda Groff Landis of New Holland, Barbara Risser of Harrisonburg, Va., and Dorothy (Marvin) Groff of Canton; brothers-in-law John K. Brenneman of Lancaster and David (Arlene) Hege of Grantville, Ga.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Alta M. Landis; a brother, Edwin J. Landis; sons John Allen and Peter Nathan Hege; and sisters-in-law Lois Hege Brenneman and Martha Kreider.