Barbara Ruth Seaward Wyman celebrated her 90th birthday with family and friends on Aug. 13, 2016, at the Walla Walla Village Church fellowship hall.
Barbara was born on Aug. 15, 1926, in Pomona, Calif., to James and Ruth Seaward. She was the youngest of six children. She went to college at La Sierra College in California and took elementary education. She met her husband, Frank Wyman, at La Sierra, and they married on June 12, 1947, right after her graduation.
They moved to the Stanwood/Sedro Woolley area in Washington to begin pastoring as newlyweds. In 1949, they got onto a ship for Burma to begin a life as missionaries. They served in Burma for 17 years.
The new military government forced them to leave Burma in 1966. They returned to the Washington Conference to pastor in the Sequim area and later Tacoma.
After a brief stint in Indianapolis, the couple moved to the Upper Columbia Conference. They served in Walla Walla, Wash., then Grandview and Orofino. They decided to retire to Brewster, Wash., where their daughter lived.
During their life in Brewster, they were still very busy. They helped out in other churches, assisted in CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program) programs, and even spent a year twice in Korea and once in Russia to assist in language schools and the Adventist Servicemen’s Center.
Frank passed away in February 2005. A year later, Barbara moved to Walla Walla and has lived there ever since.
Barbara's family includes a daughter, Emily Canwell of Walla Walla; a son, Ralph Wyman of Milwaukie, Ore.; 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.