In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Patsy Price Hammett, 87

Patsy Hammett, 1933-2020

Patsy Price Hammett, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel among East Asian Affinity Peoples in Taiwan, died Sept. 5, 2020. She was 87.

Born Feb. 22, 1933, in Tyler, Texas, to the late Rev. I. and Eunice Dean Price, Hammett graduated from Tyler High School. She received the Bachelor of Arts from Blue Mountain (Miss.) College and received the Master of Arts from Soochow University in Taipei, Taiwan.

She married Hunter Hammett, a young man from her home church, in 1954 and they served at Dixie Baptist Church, Tyler, where he was pastor.

Together they realized God was impressing them to become foreign missionaries. When seeking missionary appointment in 1959, Hammett listed many things that had nurtured her interest in missions: “attending church camp and working in Girls’ Auxiliary (now Girls in Action and Acteens) through the years, working with Woman’s Missionary Union, and attending various conventions and conferences and hearing mission leaders speak. I feel grateful to God for the untold abundance of blessings He has given us and feel if I have to live the rest of life without some of the physical comforts and ease and freedom life can give us here in America, I still have a wonderful storehouse of memories and have had already more than my share. Therefore, I want to help those less privileged than I have been to find the ‘more abundant’ life Christ can bring and the peace to one’s soul.”

The Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board) appointed her and Hunter missionaries to Taiwan, where they served 35 years. They retired in 1993 to Plano, Texas. They have been members of The Heights Church, Richardson.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Hunter; three children, Joel Todd, Lydia Ochelle Finch (Gary), and Glenn Mark; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Charles Price, and sisters-in-law, Juanita Cade Price and Barbara Price.

A graveside service and burial were held Sept. 11 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Tyler.

Read an obituary here.