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Name: Burkhard, Mary Y. (1880-1957)

Historical Note:

Mary Yoder Burkhard was a missionary in India, author and Women's Missionary Society (MC) leader. Born on 2 February 1880 near West Liberty, Ohio, she studied at the Elkhart Institute, then married Jacob Burkhard of Roseland, Nebraska. They had three children, all born in India. Burkhard and her husband served in the Central Provinces, under appointment of what later became the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities (MC), beginning in 1900. After Jacob's death in 1906 and a furlough, Mary continued directing a program of Bible women (lay evangelists) at Dhamtari until 1915. She returned to India in 1924-1931 under the General Conference Mennonite Board of Missions, working in the Champa region 100 miles north of Dhamtari.

She was an articulate advocate for the cause of missions. In India she served on the mission executive committee and, when on furlough, she was a widely used speaker. From 1916 to 1923 she served as president of Women's Missionary Society (MC). In 1936 she published The Life and Letters of Jacob Burkhard. She died 7 September 1957.

Sources: Lapp, John A. "Burkhard, Mary Yoder (1880-1957)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1986. Web. 09 August 2011.
Note Author: John A. Lapp

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