Published July 15, 2010
Ruth Carlisle, the International Mission Boardís oldest living retired missionary, died June 5. She was 102.
A native of Shawnee, Okla., Carlisle and her husband Robert were appointed as missionaries to Uruguay in 1940 by the Foreign (later International) Mission Board. Their orientation was a 30-minute chat with the boardís president, followed by a journey by ship to Uruguay. The two would go on to serve 29 years on the mission field.
The Carlisles retired from missionary service in 1969, returning to live in Louisiana. Carlisle supported her husbandís ministry until his death in 1978. The couple had eight children. For her story on Baptist Press, go to http://tiny.cc/rcarlisle.
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