Emeritus Missionaries Broadus & Margaret Hale, Who Worked in Canada, Brazil, & Zimbabwe, Die a Month Apart

Margaret and Broadus Hale

Broadus and Margaret Hale, emeritus International Mission Board missionaries in Canada, Brazil and Zimbabwe over the course of 29 years, died May 31 and July 4, respectively, in Oklahoma City. He was 91; she was 84.

They met at Highland Baptist Church in Albuquerque and were married there nearly 63 years ago.

Margaret Hale in retirement served four terms as president of New Mexico Woman’s Missionary Union and then as the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s missions growth consultant. Broadus Hale did interim pastoral work.

They moved to the Baptist Village retirement center in Oklahoma City in 2014.

A memorial service for the Hales was held July 19 at Eastern Hills Baptist Church in Albuquerque.

Hale wrote in his missionary application during the mid-1960s that while teaching at Union Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans in 1955, “I became concerned about the vast numbers of people who had no opportunity to hear about Christ.” He surrendered for missionary service at one of the school’s missionary day programs.

He also had been corresponding in 1955 with Margaret Owens who felt a similar call. They were married in August 1956. The Hales were appointed as IMB missionaries in August 1967.

Broadus Hale taught and served in leadership roles for many years at the Baptist Theological Seminary of South Brazil and the Women’s Training School in Rio de Janeiro, while Margaret Hale taught secretarial skills.

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Source: Baptist Press

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