In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Julia Lincoln Yost Moore, 93

Julia Lincoln Yost Moore, 1929-2022. IMB Photo

Julia Lincoln Yost Moore, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel in the Philippines, died Oct. 18, 2022, in Summerville, South Carolina. She was 93. 

Julia was born May 30, 1929, in Naples, New York, to the late Arthur and Marian Lincoln. She graduated from Naples Central School and received a registered nursing degree at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, New York.  

She married Oliver Yost Jr. in 1950. They moved to Beaufort, North Carolina, where they began attending the First Baptist Church. Julia was asked to lead the intermediate Girls in Action group at the church. The church’s pastor, seeing the potential, encouraged them to attend Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to study church music, which was what Oliver studied in his undergraduate studies. Julia worked part-time at a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, and later at a hospital in Wingate, North Carolina, and then became the first college nurse at the Baptist College of Charleston (now Charleston Southern) in Charleston, South Carolina. 

While studying at the seminary, Oliver and Julia met many international students, including a student from Nigeria, who opened their eyes to the opportunities to serve overseas.  

While working at the Baptist College of Charleston, they learned of an opportunity to teach music at the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary in the city of Baguio in the Philippines. The couple took a leave of absence from the college to serve at the seminary. Julia was asked to be the registrar of the seminary. Upon their return to the U.S., they applied to return to the mission field.  

In 1981, the Foreign Mission Board (now the International Mission Board) appointed Oliver and Julia as missionaries to the Philippines. 

Oliver passed away in 1984. After his death, Julie returned to the Philippines to teach first aid and health at the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary. She also worked with churches to launch rural clinics and water outreaches after the eruption of the Pinatubo volcano and the subsequent earthquake. 

Julia retired after 15 years of missionary service. In her retirement, she married Willis “Bill” Moore. 

She was recognized by Charleston Southern for her service and was bestowed the Distinguished Service Award in December of 1996. 

Julia is preceded in death by her first husband, Oliver Yost; second husband, Willis Moore; son Paul Yost; and daughter-in-law Dianne Yost. 

She is survived by her children, Judith Yost, Stephen Yost (Judy), and Oliver Yost (Sarah); nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 

A memorial will be held on Nov. 5, 2022, at Summerville Baptist Church in Summerville. 

Donations in her memory may be made to the Lottie Moon Offering, IMB, 3806 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230, or online at Generosity Resource Center – IMB Generosity. 

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