In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Donna Mae Bobby, 1948-2024

Portrait of Donna Mae Bobby. IMB Photo

Donna Mae Bobby, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel in Chile, died Feb. 16, 2024. She was 75.

Donna Mae was born July 16, 1948, in Nashville, Tennessee, to the late Michael Bobby and Clara Frances Bobby. She graduated from DuPont High, and received the Bachelor of Science from Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee, and Master of Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.

Before serving with the Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board), she served as a summer missionary for the Tennessee Baptist Convention, worked at Ridgecrest Baptist Assembly, served as a summer missionary for Home Mission Board (now North American Mission Board) and served at G.A. and Acteen camps for the Tennessee Baptist Convention.

One night when she was 20, she attended Ridgecrest Baptist Assembly, she shared while seeking appointment with the IMB. She was under heavy conviction. She said, “Another great impression came to me. It seemed to say, ‘Donna Mae, I have a plan for you. I want you to be a missionary.’ That night I think I really gave all there was of me to God.”

The International Mission Board appointed Donna Mae a missionary to Chile. She served there 35 years.

She is survived by her siblings, Joyce A. Kelley and John Thomas Warren (Anita); her nieces, Patty St. Clair (Hal), Erin Hamilton (Kenneth), Deirdre Tidwell (Greg) and Cortney Thomas (Adam); and her great-nieces and great-nephews, Trevor Tidwell, Sydney Hamilton, Duncan St. Clair, Maggie Tidwell, Brooke Hamilton, Ian St. Clair, Reese Tidwell, Easton Thomas and Laycie Thomas.

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.

Read an obituary here.