In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Ann F. Baskin, 1933-2023

Ann F. Baskin, 1933-2023
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Ann F. Baskin, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel in Malaysia, died March 29, 2023, in Rome, Georgia. She was 89.

Ann was born Dec. 16, 1933, in Carbon Hill, Alabama, to the late O.M. and Bernice Fox. She received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard College, now Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama; the Master of Religious Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky; and the Master of Education from Berry College, Rome, Georgia.

She taught second grade and kindergarten at Riverside, Pepperell and Garden Lakes Elementary, as well as kindergarten at First Baptist Church, Rome. Ann was active in children’s work at First Baptist.

Ann was married to Joe R. Baskin for 67 years. They had two children, Robyn and Chris.

She felt the call to missions as a 13-year-old during a youth revival.

“At that time, I surrendered my life for mission service,” she said, seeking appointment with the Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board). “I remember feeling very burdened and convicted and praying through most of the night; then I remember the joyous feeling of peace after I surrendered my life to do whatever the Lord might lead me to do.”

After years of teaching, Ann and Joe answered the call to become full-time missionaries.

In 1988, the Foreign Mission Board appointed Ann and Joe missionaries to Malaysia. While in Malaysia, Joe taught seminary and Ann taught and mentored young women.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Joe; children, Robyn Miller, Greenville, South Carolina, and Chris Baskin, Portland, Oregon; six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

A funeral service was held April 6, at First Baptist Church, Rome, Georgia, with burial in Floyd Memorial Gardens, Rome, Georgia.

Read an obituary here.