(United States CNSAM). Oma “Fae” (Higgins) Hendrix, retired Nazarene minister and missionary, passed away on January 16. She was 104.
Born on March 25, 1909, in Ringwood, Oklahoma, Fae was the youngest of four children. At age 3, her mother passed away and she was adopted by the Littel family.
She attended a teacher’s college in Edmond, Oklahoma, and received a teaching certificate. After teaching for several years, she enrolled in Bethany-Peniel College (now Southern Nazarene University), where she met her future husband, Spurgeon Hendrix (passed away in 1996).
After their marriage in 1935, Spurgeon accepted an assignment to start a Nazarene church in Columbia City, Indiana. After two years, the couple moved to Mount Hope, Indiana, where they led a former Methodist Episcopal Church. The church was organized as Mt. Hope Church of the Nazarene on May 3, 1937, with 14 charter members. While serving at the Mt. Hope church, they had their first child, Ray (death in 2012).
In 1941, the couple felt a call to missions and began serving as missionaries to Argentina. They served as directors of the Bible training schools. During their 14 years in the country, the Hendrixes had two more children, Norma (Brunson) and S. Leon.
The family returned to the U.S. for a year and served at La Grande, Oregon, Church of the Nazarene. Upon completion of a four-year assignment to Cuba, they were reassigned to Argentina for three years. The Hendrixes were then sent to Chile and Uruguay. After a short retirement to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Central Church of the Nazarene, Spurgeon and Fae returned to Chile before finally retiring.
Condolences may be sent to the family through:
Bob and Norma Brunson
7725 N.W. 25th Street
Bethany, Oklahoma 73008
Rev. S. Leon Hendrix
4821 S. Ash Street
Springfield, MO 65804
NCN News, January 16, 2014.