In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Aliene Emma Brasher Hunt, 99

Aliene Emma Brasher Hunt, 1921-2021

Aliene Emma Brasher Hunt, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel among Southeast Asian Affinity Peoples in the Philippines, died April 21, 2021. She was 99. 

Hunt was born June 20, 1921, in Cranfils Gap Texas, to the late Alfred and Emma Sorley Brasher. She received the Bachelor of Science from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, and the Master of Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.  

During World War II, she served as a chief clerk in the United States Army. Later, as a student at Baylor, she met fellow student Walter Taylor Hunt. They were married on Dec. 20, 1947, in Cranfills Gap. 

The Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board) appointed the Hunts as missionaries to the Philippines in 1953. There, she served 26 years, primarily in Davao City and Manila. During those years, she held a variety of roles, including teacher, counselor, evangelism trainer, administrator, treasurer and hostess in her home.  

She also served nine years on the staff of First Baptist Church of Clovis, New Mexico. The Hunts retired in Lubbock, Texas, and later moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she was a member of Vista Grande Baptist Church.  

According to her family, for many of her retirement years, she continued hosting ministries to internationals in her home and working with Walter to write and distribute Bible studies around the world. She continued actively counseling, sharing the gospel, cooking and hosting folks in her home. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Walter Hunt, who died Apr. 13, 2021. She is survived by two sons, Richard Hunt (Margaret) and Josh Hunt (Missy); two daughters, Marti Nelson (Carl) and Mary Vosburg Ritscher (Stu). She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. 

A memorial service was held Apr. 27, 2021, at Village Seven Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs. A private graveside service was held at Pikes Peak National Cemetery.   

Donations in her memory may be made to the International Mission Board, 3806 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230, or online at

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