“When they arrive at the gates of death, God welcomes those who love him. Oh, God, here I am, your servant, your faithful servant…” Psalm 116:15-16 (MSG)
On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, our loving God welcomed Luanna Traubert home. She was 77.
As was her custom over the past thirteen years, Luanna came into the WorldVenture office to participate in the President’s Office prayer time, to call on alumni colleagues, and to write a tribute letter for one alumni who passed away the week prior. Shortly after the 11:30 group prayer time around the second-floor railing in the office, Luanna experienced dizziness, light-headedness, and exhaustion. After a short while, she consented to allow paramedics to check on her, after which she was transported to a local hospital. Shortly thereafter, WorldVenture staff received word that Luanna had passed away of natural causes.
In the shock of her sudden passing to the uninterrupted and glorious presence of our Savior, all of her friends – her Galilee Baptist Church family, her Denver Seminary family, and her WorldVenture family – grieve the loss of our dear sister in Christ.
A Life Well-Lived!
Luanna was born in Denver, Colorado on May 15, 1942. She was adopted by Edward and Bernice Traubert. She graduated from East High School and earned degrees from the University of Colorado (BA, Business) the University of Denver (MA, Marketing). She was employed with Armstrong Flooring from 1964-1994. She never married and had no children. She loved to travel and she enjoyed the company of friends. Her uplifting spirit and laughter were welcomed everywhere she went. Luanna loved others wholeheartedly and she loved her Lord most of all.
“Thinking back on her life is truly a humbling experience,” said lifelong friend, Cookie Markwood Snyder. “Her passion for the Lord and for His kingdom and His missionaries and for prayer and for the lost and for loving and serving others—truly putting others first—never wavered.”
Galilee Baptist Church, Denver, Colorado
In junior high, Luanna was invited by a neighbor to visit Galilee Baptist Church (GBC). She became a lifelong member, serving the Lord faithfully in many capacities.
Luanna loved people. Her former pastor, Dr. Frederich, called Luanna “the Hostess with the Mostest.” She frequently opened her home to host small groups, holiday luncheons, wedding/baby showers, etc. She enjoyed bringing people together. Additionally, Luanna loved youth and children. Every Sunday, you could find her tenderly caring for little ones and teaching them about Jesus. She frequently provided childcare during the week, becoming a surrogate grandmother to many.
Luanna also loved prayer and and international missions. She served on GBC’s global outreach board for many years. On her many travels throughout the world, she visited missionaries whenever possible, bringing them love and encouragement. And when they came through Denver, they always had a place to stay in her home.
Denver Seminary, Littleton, Colorado
Luanna served at Denver Seminary (DS) as the Director of Public Relations and Alumni from 1994 to 2008. Her warm and welcoming presence set the tone for seminary events. Dr. Craig Blomberg noted, “Luanna helped out at so many events, organizing, publicizing, setting up, cleaning up, showing hospitality and always greeting people warmly. And she saw her work as ministry.”
WorldVenture, Englewood, Colorado
Luanna was also a dearly loved and valued member of the WorldVenture (WV) family. Dr. Jeff Denlinger and former-director Joyce McCollum noted that “if there was ever a one-person greeting team, Luanna was it!” Her travels throughout the world led to strong, personal friendships with US colleagues and international church leaders alike, fueling her prayers for the work of the gospel worldwide. Luanna served on the WV Board of Directors from June of 2000 through January of 2007. Following that, Luanna volunteered with the President’s Office from 2007 until her passing.
Because of Luanna’s love for the Lord, her gifts of service and kindness, and her prayers that others would come to know Christ, she opened the door for many to hear the gospel. It is so precious that Luanna should go home to be with the Lord after a full morning of serving Him so faithfully at the WorldVenture headquarters. What a privilege to have known Luanna in the ministry of the gospel! Whether it was around the world or across the dinner table, praying with leaders or playing with children, she made an eternal gospel impact!
A memorial service for Luanna Traubert will be held at 1:30pm, Thursday, January 30th, 2020, at Galilee Baptist Church in Denver, Colorado (1091 S. Parker Rd, Denver, CO 80231 USA). In lieu of flowers, please simply invite someone to your church, even as Luanna was invited and often invited others. You may also make donations in her name to WorldVenture, Denver Seminary, or Galilee Baptist Church.