Oyer, Emma (1886-1951)

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Emma Oyer worked at the Mennonite Home Mission in Chicago from 1907 to 1946. She was born 6 August 1886 near Metamora, IL, to John P., and Mary (Smith) Oyer and died at St. Johns, Michigan. At age 14 she became a member of the Metamora Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church). During the 39 years she worked at the Mennonite Home Mission in Chicago she taught Sunday school, summer Bible school, and a women's Bible class; did counseling and visitation; and was in charge of a "Fresh Air" program which sent Chicago children to live with rural Illinois Mennonite families during the summer months. For 30 years her co-worker was Anna Yordy. Emma wrote a history of the Home Mission entitled What God Hath Wrought: In a Half Century at the Home Mission (Elkhart: MBM, 1949), which contains additional information about her ministry. In 1946 failing health caused her to retire to the home of her parents and sisters in St. Johns, MI where she spent the rest of her life. She died 10 May 1951.

See also Urban Church.


Missionary Sewing Circle Monthly (July 1951).

Rich, Elaine Sommers. Mennonite Women: A Story of God's Faithfulness, 1683-1983. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1983: 149.

Author(s) Elaine Sommers Rich
Date Published 1987

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 665. All rights reserved.

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