Alma Wiles

(1894-1980). Nurse, missionary. The daughter of American missionaries to the South Pacific, Alma Butz sailed with her parents on the Pitcairn. She met and married Norman Wiles at Australian Missionary College (now Avondale College), where he was studying for the ministry. Upon graduation, Alma and Norman responded to a call to work for the cannibal tribe of the Big Nambus in the New Hebrides. Five years after commencing work there, Norman died of blackwater fever (1920) and Alma had to personally dig his grave and bury her husband. Later she returned to America and trained as a nurse. Taking up mission service in New Guinea, she helped open new work in Aroma in 1934. At the age of 66 she went to Nigeria, where she was in charge of the nurse’s training program in midwifery at Ile-Ife. She...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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