OCEAN SPRINGS — At the age of 102, Ruth Carlisle worried she wouldn’t have enough time to pray for everyone on her lists.
A former pastor told the many friends and family at Carlisle’s funeral service in Ocean Springs this week, “If Miss Ruth had ever met you, you can know she prayed for you.”
Carlisle, a Coast resident for the last 15 years, was a retired Southern Baptist missionary who served in Uruguay for 30 years along with her minister husband, the late Robert Lee Carlisle Jr. The Carlisles founded the Uruguayan Baptist Theological Seminary there.
Family friend Ann Taylor said Carlisle often spent at least an hour or two each day in prayer for missionaries worldwide, as well as friends, family and acquaintances.
She kept names on various lists, captured in a folder for safe traveling.
“She once told me that she just didn’t see how she would have time to pray for all the people on her prayer list,” Taylor said.
Jean Carlisle, one of Carlisle’s eight children, said her mother didn’t fear death, but anticipated it and rejoiced at its approach.
Her life was lived to witness, her death to meet her God. In between, she shared her faith and prayed to be heard.
Despite her age Carlisle kept up with the current news, even when it saddened her. “It distressed her and gave her more things to pray about,” her daughter said.
Carlisle’s parents were married for nearly 50 years. When Rev. Carlisle died in the late 1970s, his wife stayed single.
She never looked to remarry.
“She loved him and that was enough,” she said.
Published in The Sun Herald on June 12, 2010