In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Barbara Wyman, 1941-2023

Barbara Wyman, 1941-2023
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Barbara Wyman, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel in Mexico, Costa Rica and Canada, died Dec. 4, 2023. She was 82.

Barbara was born in Clayton, New Mexico, on May 31, 1941, to Clifford and Ruth Walker. She graduated from Clayton High School and received the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Arts from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, a Ph.D from the University of Calgary, Alberta, and studied at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

In college, she met David Wyman and married him in 1963.

In 1969, the Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board) appointed Barbara and David missionaries to Mexico.

While in Mexico and later in Canada, the couple combined their love of Latin America and desire to help university students. They spent 15 years ministering with university students. Barbara also taught psychology in the School of Nursing at the Mexican-American Hospital in Guadalajara.

Her obituary reports that in 1985, they transferred to Cochrane, Alberta, to aid in beginning what today is known as the Canadian Baptist Theological Seminary and College. They also helped develop Christian education ministries in the churches of the Canadian National Baptist Convention across Canada. Barbara taught university and master level courses in developmental psychology and other related subjects at the seminary from 1988 to her retirement in 2008.

Her obituary states: “Barbara was a woman of great wisdom and faith who served as a mentor and mother figure to many who loved her dearly. Her greatest joy was in investing deeply in the lives of others. She was an example of a lifetime of serving Christ, and will be remembered for her wisdom, kindness and thoughtfulness.”

Barbara is survived by her husband of 60 years, David Wyman; her children LaWanda (Barry) Bonney, Marisa (Shane) Spannagel, and Greg (Cheri) Wyman; and 11 grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held Dec. 30, at Richmond Hill Baptist Church, Calgary, Alberta.

Read an obituary here.