Elizabeth "Betty" R. Wyckoff, 97, of Bowling Green, passed away Saturday, August 27, 2011.
Betty was born in Philadelphia, PA, August 4, 1914 to Fredrick and Matilda Roberts.
She went to Eastern Baptist Seminary, in Philadelphia, PA, where she was ordained a pastor in 1938. She
was the first woman to become an American Baptist pastor in Pennsylvania.
She has been the assistant pastor in many churches over the course of time in Pennsylvania, California,
Kentucky and in the late ’60s to the early ’80s, she was the director of Christian Education and Youth
Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Toledo, on Collingwood and Central.
Upon retirement, she took on another assignment, to pilot a program called National Minister-at-Large in
which she would interview members seeking information and resolving any conflict within the church. She
then traveled throughout the American Baptist churches across Colorado, Wyoming, Washington, New Jersey
She retired to the Bowling Green community 30 years ago and has loved every minute of her time here. She
was active in visiting people in the hospital, nursing homes, playing the piano and volunteering at the
Senior Center and was the church organist at Village View Church of Christ for many years. She loved
people, loved to go for walks and loved adventure trips on the road and was a delight to be around.
She is survived by three children, Irene Wyckoff of Wheeling, IL, Gloria Fisher of Encino, CA and Ed
Wyckoff of Salt Lake City, three grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
To sum up her life in six words would be: She "Loved the Lord" and "Loved to serve."
All of this was done with a sense of humor, heart of compassion and a positive attitude. She will be
A memorial service is planned at the Village View Church of Christ of 801 W. Poe Road, Bowling Green, OH
43402 on September 3, 2011 at 10 a.m. There will be a luncheon following the service. To find out
service plans for the First Baptist Church of Greater Toledo, please call 419-865-9171.
DUNN FUNERAL HOME is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences, as well as fond memories may be shared at http://www.dunnfuneralhome.com/obit.htm.
Memorial contributions may be made to one of the four following: Village View Church of Christ, 801 W.
Poe Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402; The First Baptist Church of Greater Toledo, 6520 Pilliod Road,
Holland, Ohio 43528; Wood County Senior Center, 305 N. Main St., Bowling Green, OH 43402; or Bowling
Green Manor, 1021 W. Poe Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402.
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