The George Family

My Mom, Jackie George, was active in all aspects of WMU growing up in Meridian, Mississippi. As a young mother she led missions groups at 66 Street Baptist in Birmingham, Alabama and pressed me into service (at age 5) as the GA Scepter Bearer for coronation ceremonies.

My wife, Allyson George, has a love of children that has prompted her (and me) to go on numerous mission trips and prodded me to do more.

My daughter, Katelyn George, has made me realize that I can always give a few dollars more to help others.

All three have influenced me and shaped my life!

David George, in honor of Jackie, Allyson, and Katelyn George

Mary Quick

Mrs. Quick, as all of us GAs would call her, probably didn't realize when she made me pray in front of the church or allowed me to meet a missionary that it would mold my life.

Teaching us scripture and putting action to the words, I learned to pray and give and go.

Thank you, Mrs. Quick!

Martha Pitts, in memory of her former GA leader, Mary Quick

Vickie Anderson

Vickie Anderson serves Tennessee WMU as Executive Director now. Her path to that honor scaled other roles such as GA and Preschool Consultant as well as Missions Growth and Leadership Development.

She works endless hours yet keeps a light-hearted view of life. She loves her Lord and is a great advocate of His mission.

I have watched her interact at a children's mission event and steer adult coworkers to accomplish a huge task. Her versatility, calmness, and persistence make her one of God's favored workers.

She is truly a missions hero.

Martha Pitts, in honor of Tennessee WMU executive director, Vickie Anderson

Bobbye Clark

Bobbye Clark served on the WMU Leadership team in Memphis, Tennessee. Her title as long as I can remember was Mission Action Consultant.

Whether she donned her Minnie Pearl hat or fussed at anyone that sat idle while the Lord needed workers, Bobbye made sure everyone knew that God had much for us to do.

She added energy, creativity, and a sense of fun to her job. Bobbye will always be one of my missions heroes.

Martha Pitts, in memory of Tennessee missions leader, Bobbye Clark

Margaret Fitzgerald

Margaret Fitzgerald was my YWA leader at First Baptist Church, Palestine, Texas. Out of all the people in my life, she probably influenced me more than anyone.

She invested a lot of time in me and the other girls.

I kept in touch with her over the years and she was thrilled to know I worked for national WMU. I wrote her often and she followed my travels with interest and prayers.

When I was asked to write a "gift of missions" article for Missions Mosaic in August 2017, I wrote about Margaret and the influence she had on my life.

Now almost 100, Margaret was thrilled to receive her own copy of Missions Mosaic and to know her influence on my life has been shared around the WMU world.

I treasure the photograph of my giving her the copy of Missions Mosaic when I visited her in Palestine recently.

Sylvia DeLoach, in honor of her missions inspiration, Margaret Fitzgerald

Johanna Dawson

When I think of Johanna Dawson, the tall, joy-filled woman who has been my missions heart partner for almost half a century, the first phrase that comes to my mind is “Too Many to Count.”

A Sunbeam/Mission Friends leader, she instilled a missions heart in children, their children, and their children’s children—too many to count—and mentored countless others as they in turn became leaders.

Her and Roy’s home was a nurturing ground for countless young women as they found their place in service for God, and a refuge to so many missionaries when they came home.

Miles traveled across New Mexico training leaders, cards of encouragement to and prayers for missionaries—by far too many to count.

She was New Mexico WMU president from 1987-1991. When I became state director I had the joy of taking her to visit Sanyatee, Zimbabwe—one of the many mission stories she taught.

Johanna Dawson, mission leader, mentor, encourager, pray-er—you have left beautiful footprints— “Too Many to Count.”

Dr. Judith Edwards, in honor of New Mexico missions leader, Johanna Dawson

Anna Mary Byrdwell

This brick is given by Kentucky WMU in honor of Anna Mary Byrdwell who was the longest serving member of our staff, from 1967 to 2004.

During her tenure, Anna Mary served in various roles: Sunbeam Band Director, Camp Director, Acteens Director, Baptist Young Women Director, and Churchwide WMU Consultant.

She is beloved by people across Kentucky.

At her retirement celebration there were many people who said that they were involved in WMU leadership because of her encouragement.

Kentucky WMU, in honor of Anna Mary Byrdwell

Brenda Price

This brick is given by Kentucky WMU in honor of Brenda Price who joined the Kentucky WMU staff in 1982 as the GA/Mission Friends Consultant. The position was later named the Preschool/Children's Consultant, a position she held until 2010, a total of 28 years.

From 1997-1999, Brenda also served as the Interim Executive Director of Kentucky WMU and was named Associate Executive Director in 1999.

During her tenure, Brenda helped churches to develop missions education for preschoolers and children, helped plan for summer camps and overnights, held events such as GA JAM, and was responsible for leadership training.

Kentucky WMU, in honor of Brenda Price

Helen Lee Lambirth

Helen Lee Lambirth served as the New Mexico WMU President from 1966 to 1971 then again from 1978 to 1982.

She was a faithful servant to New Mexico WMU and also to her GA group that she taught at First Baptist Church, Elida, for many years.

Helen Lee not only taught both my girls in GA and helped teach them to have a heart for missions. She also saw a leader in me and took me to my first WMU week at Glorieta in 1994.

That was where I felt the calling and wanted to be a part of WMU.

Connie Dixon, in memory of her missions inspiration, Helen Lee Lambirth

Joyce Smith

As a hearing daughter of deaf parents, Joyce Smith always knew that God loved her, that He loves others, and that He had a special role for her to play in His mission to reach them —particularly the deaf—with His great Good News.

Her mother told her that from the time she was a child.

In turn, she told her daughters. She told me, and she took me with her on mission as she served the deaf of the community and state where we lived.

Over time, her ministry expanded to include nationwide, and even international, missions efforts, and always she was bringing me along.

Today, I honor my mother Joyce as the single most influential person in the shaping of my missions heart and life.

Pam Smith, in honor of her mother, Joyce Smith

Gussye Register

Gussye Register is my paternal grandmother. She was a leader in WMU as far back as I can remember.

When her pastor decided that they would no longer have WMU in her church, she stood her ground and as long as she was alive, they had WMU.

When she was 80 years old, she traveled to Richmond with a car full of women many decades younger for the Centennial Celebration —and she recounted every moment of that trip as we sat in her backyard later that summer.

After she died, I asked if I could have her Bible. When I got it, her Royal Service was turned to Prayer Patterns for the last day she was at home.

She was a faithful pray-er for missions and missionaries to the end.

South Carolina WMU executive director Laurie Register, in memory of her grandmother, Gussye Register

Helen Williams

Helen Williams was a life-long supporter of missions and WMU.

In younger days she led GAs and YWAs. She later served as secretary for Illinois WMU and as Illinois WMU Associate.

In retirement she was a Mission Service Corps volunteer in Hawaii and Nevada and then Illinois Mission Service Corp Coordinator.

Until her death at 99, she was involved in Women on Mission, faithfully studying her Missions Mosaic and praying for those on the Missionary Prayer Calendar.

Janet Craynon, in memory of her mother, Helen Williams

Amelia Martin Bishop

As a young GA, I met Amelia Martin (Bishop) who was serving as Texas WMU Youth (GA) Leader. I shared with her my "calling and commitment for doing WMU work!" When I mailed my GA Forward Steps to the state office, she returned a part of it with these words:

"If you feel called to be in WMU leadership for GAs, you can do better work than this! Re-work and send it back to me!"

I did. It passed! That was in the 1950's.

Another blessing of life was serving with "Millie" on WMU's Lottie Moon advance team to China in 1987.

I am grateful to women leaders like Millie who have "expected the best" in my life of missions growth through WMU!

Evelyn Tully, in memory of missions leader, Amelia Bishop

Jean Hulsey

Jean Hulsey was a pastor's wife in Iowa. She served many years as a WMU leader in Iowa. She served as the Iowa State WMU Executive Director from 1985-1996.

Jean had felt a call to missions. God led her to meet a pastor, Lonnie Hulsey, who did not sense that same call to missions, so Jean lived out her calling through leadership in Iowa Woman's Missionary Union.

She kept the missions cause before Iowa churches and supported missionaries by sharing their stories, giving and praying for missionaries, and encouraging others to do the same.

Jean was born August 7, 1937, and went to be with the Lord on September 29, 2017.

Joni Wilkinson, Theodore Keys, Wilma Faulkner, and Calvary Baptist Church of Glenwood, Iowa, in memory of Iowa missions leader, Jean Hulsey

Julia Ketner

Julia Ketner has served as a missions leader among Arkansas Baptists for 50 plus years. God has used Julia to make His name known across Arkansas, the nation, and around the world.

Julia’s servant leadership is an inspiration to all of us!

Arkansas Woman’s Missionary Union would like to thank Julia for investing her life in Arkansas. Julia has given her time, money, and personality to support missions and to challenge Christian believers to understand and be radically involved in the mission of God.

Debbie Moore, honoring Arkansas missions leader, Julia Ketner

Melissa Phillips

Melissa Wootton Phillips was raised in Korea by missionary parents, Jim and Mary Lou Wootton. She married Doug Phillips of Springfield, Illinois, and they were proud parents of Laura Phillips Adams and Melinda Phillips Holler.

Melissa was on staff of the Illinois Baptist State Association her entire career, including her last years as Associate Executive Director of the Church Cooperation Team.

She served as Vice President for Illinois WMU.

In her church, Springfield Southern Baptist, she was a leader for Mission Friends, Children in Action, and Acteens.

As WMU Director, she was a strong missions advocate. Her contagious love for missions brought many to tears and caused them to get out their checkbooks!

Janet Craynon, honoring Illinois missions leader, Melissa Phillips.

Barbara Curnutt

Only Eternity will reveal the true impact of Barbara Curnutt's leadership in missions and a lifetime of praying for all the peoples of the earth.

Her passion for missions was ignited as a GA growing up at Baptist Temple in San Antonio. Recently, we were talking about Lottie Moon and the impact of one solitary, focused life, and Barbara shared this story:

"I grew up at Baptist Temple in San Antonio during its heyday, where I was exposed to some of the finest statesmen/women in Southern Baptist life. The autographs in my childhood Bible reflect that reality. Missionaries galore filled our pulpit. Charles Culpepper of the Shantung Revival was one I specifically remember.

When I was a child, two elderly missionary sisters, Hannah Sallee and Mrs. Mamie Sallee Bryan, moved into a house across the street from the church. As a GA, I remember sitting on the floor of their house on Wednesday nights listening to stories from China, where they had served. They talked of knowing and working with Lottie Moon, but I was too young to fully grasp the significance.

Later in life I learned that Mrs. Bryan's husband, Robert T. Bryan, was the one commissioned by the Foreign Mission Board to travel to San Francisco to meet the boat carrying Lottie's ashes which he express mailed to the Foreign Mission Board in Richmond.

I'm so thankful for my rich missions heritage."

Carol Childress, honoring Barbara Curnutt

Margaret Fitzgerald

Margaret Fitzgerald was my YWA leader at First Baptist Church, Palestine, TX. Out of all the people in my life, she probably influenced me more than anyone. She invested a lot of time in me and the other girls. I kept in touch with her over the years and she was thrilled to know I worked for national WMU. I wrote her often and she followed my travels with interest and prayers. 

When I was asked to write a "gift of missions" article for Missions Mosaic August, 2017 issue, I wrote about Margaret and the influence on my life. Now almost 100, Margaret was thrilled to receive her own copy of Missions Mosaic and to know her influence on my lifehas been shared around the WMU world. I treasure the photograph of my giving her the copy of Missions Mosaic when I visited her in Palestine recently.

Sylvia DeLoach, honoring her missions mentor, Margaret Fitzgerald