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From time to time, The Refuge Center has been honored by families in our community by requesting a Memorial Donation Fund be set up in the name of their loved one.


If you would like a Memorial Donation Fund set up to honor of someone close to you that has recently gone home to be with the Lord, please contact us via email here.

Recent honorees include...

*If you would like to make a donation in honor of any of the above, or anyone else, please list their name on the online donation form in the appropriate area. - God Bless

Memorial Funds

Ruth Naomi Winningham Kemp

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Wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend...

Ruth embodied the true meaning of love to those around her. Her family meant everything to her. She loved and prayed for her family fiercely. She found pleasure in being around children and encouraging their imagination. Ruth had a contagious, laugh and smile. She had a way of making ordinary things beautiful. Ruth enjoyed singing, playing the piano and cultivating beautiful flowers to share with those around her. She found gratification in creating and preparing delicious meals for the enjoyment of others. Ruth’s kindness and giving we’re never lacking. Her strength of faithfulness, beauty, creativity, and love were all of force to be reckoned with. We celebrate Mrs. Ruth, who helped shape so many lives and touch so many others. 
She will be greatly missed.

Ruth Kemp

Muriel (Mimi) Drouilhet Soileau


Known to her friends and family as Mimi, she was a “Wonder Woman,” a friend to every one of God’s creatures, human or non, and a lover of the natural world. A devout Catholic Christian, having attended Sacred Heart Academy in New Orleans, LA., Mimi was loved by countless people and opened her heart to anyone in need, always giving of her time and talent.

As an active member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Conyers. Mimi was a legend for her tireless commitment. As such she was avid supporter and friend of The Refuge Center. She donated a nautical life preserver that she had commission specifically for Refuge as tribute to the mission of saving lives and serving families. It still hangs on the walls of Refuge today.

In memory of this beautiful, kind hearted woman her friends and family are asking anyone that feels lead to, make a donation in honor and memory of Mimi to the Refuge Center and the work that she so deeply believed in and supported.

Mimi Soileau

Rosalie P. Brunton


Rosalie P. Brunton passed away on March 19, 2020 at the age of 90. She is remembered fondly as “Lady”, the mother of four children, who treasured God and her family above all other things. She was a supportive Army wife and mother through many tours in the military, settling in Conyers in 1978, where she supported her husband’s dental practice in Decatur. She was kind and generous, a longtime parishioner of St. Pius X Church, and an avid traveler in retirement. She enjoyed getting together with friends and family, playing golf, bridge and other games, but most of all being the family matriarch who was there to support her family. Rosalie, a lively entertainer, was always ready to tell a funny story about her many adventures, as well as a supportive listener who truly enjoyed helping others.The Brunton family has been a long time supporter of the Life Affirming ministry of The Refuge Center. 


The Brunton family has requested in lieu of flowers, that a donation be made to The Refuge Center in her name.  A memorial fund has been set up if you would like to make a donation. 

Rosalie Brunton

Rev. Scott Emmons

Our dear friend Scott Emmons went home to be with the Lord on September 5th, 2017.  Scott has been a gracious and wonderful friend and supporter of Refuge Pregnancy Center and our ministry.  His wife Debbie has served side by side with us for many years.  All of our staff, volunteers and board of directors here at Refuge would like to express our heartfelt sympathy to the Emmons family in this time of mourning. 

However, we want to assure them that Scott’s legacy of Christ-like love and mercy will live on here at Refuge for many years to come. 

Scott-We will miss you. 


The Emmons family has requested in lieu of flowers, that a donation be made to The Refuge Center in his name.  A memorial fund has been set up if you would like to make a donation. 

Scott Emmons

Our beloved friend Joan Matthews went home to be with the Lord recently.  Joan gave her heart and grace to everything she did.  Refuge Pregnancy Center was blessed to have her beautiful smile and warm heart with us as a volunteer for 3 years, from 2008-2011.  She had a passion and mercy filled heart for women suffering from post-abortive trauma.  Joan was a beautiful soul and will be missed dearly by her Refuge friends and her beloved family.

In lieu of flowers, the Matthews family has requested that a memorial fund be set up in honor and memory of Joan Matthews.  If you would like to make a donation, you may do so here.

"Today" A Poem by Joan Nix Matthews-1972

Life goes by and we hurry through it Seldom realizing, we can't renew it. One minute, on hour, one night, one day
And soon tomorrow is on it's way. It's always tomorrow in many's eyes, And we fail to see the blue in today's skies.


We plan and wait, fear and hesitate Tomorrow comes; it's too late. For someone feels and someone sees,
It's today that counts, today the breathes. Just as yesterday dies, Tomorrow has not yet lived. Today counts most when we give. Our Precious Lord from up above Gave us this day to LIVE To LOVE And if we let it pass us by;
TODAY as YESTERDAY will die. (an excerpt from "Embracing Love" authored by Joan Matthews)

Joan Matthews

In honor and memory of a beloved husband, who even believed in the sanctity of human life so much that he actively sought donations from his workplace for the mission of the The Refuge Center.

We will muss our friend and co-worker at AT&T are collecting a donation for a cause near and dear to Mike's heart.  Mike and his wife have been long time supporters and donors to The Refuge Center. 


Mike wholeheartedly believed in the Refuge mission "To serve families with Christ-like compassion, by offering support, guidance and education in times of physical, emotional and spiritual need for promoting healthy pregnancy, birth and lifestyle."

Mike Glass
J Rainwater

Julius Rainwater, age 93, died December 30, 2018 at his Senior Community, The Oaks of Towne Lake, in Woodstock, Georgia. He was born into a large, loving family on March 19, 1925. He is preceded in death by his sweetheart, Gloria Welch Rainwater, whom he married in 1945. Gloria was a volunteer Client advocate at Refuge Pregnancy Center for several years.  Julius and Gloria were great friends and supporter of Refuge and our pro-life mission to Encourage, Educate and and Equip the families of our community.

We want to thank the Rainwater family for remembering Refuge during this time of sorrow.  We will be praying for the Lord's peace on all of those who mourn this wonderful man.

Rev. Herman R. Goddard, age 87, of Covington, passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2019. A longtime resident of Newton County, Rev. Goddard was employed with Bibb Manufacturing for over 20 years before going into the ministry. As pastor of Gaithers United Methodist Church in Covington, it was under his guidance and leadership that the church grew from only a handful of members to a congregation of over eight hundred. In his earlier days, Rev. Goddard enjoyed camping, working in his garden and traveling. For the past four years he and his wife, Grace, were well cared for by the loving and attentive staff at Merryvale Assisted Living in Covington. Rev. Goddard was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathy Allen; son, Rick Goddard; parents, Forrest A. and Effie C. (Turner) Goddard; sister, Lois Dalton; and brothers, F.A. Goddard, Harold Goddard.

We want to thank the Goddard family for remembering Refuge during this time of sorrow.  We will be praying for the Lord's peace on all of those who mourn this wonderful man.

Herman Goddard
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