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Collection 286 Oral History Interview with Marilyn J. Suttie

Identifier: CN 286

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview with Marilyn Joy Suttie in which she describes her work as a missionary in Cameroon with the United Presbyterian Ecumenical Mission. Topics discussed include: Suttie's childhood in China, education at Wheaton College, and short-term missionary work, mainly teaching missionary children in Cameroon. Also includes information on the Cameroon church, polygamy, Muslims in Cameroon, and medical care, and other political, social, and religious issues in Africa. The time period covered by the interviews is 1943-1984.

Marilyn Suttie was interviewed by John Waldrop at the Suttie's home on November 13, 1984.


  • Created: 1984


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Biographical Information

Marilyn Joy Suttie was born in 1943 to Melvin David (see CN 293) and Mary Elizabeth Cromer Suttie, missionaries serving at the time in Fowyang, Anhui, China, under J. Herbert Kane (see CN 182). Marilyn had one older sister, Lois Jean, and one younger brother, David. In 1944 the Sutties were transferred to Ningchang in Shaanxi Province and then, after a furlough, to Nanyo in Henan Province. The Communists took over the area and they were forced to leave China in 1950.

After spending some time in Florida with her grandparents, her father became pastor of a church in Rock Island, IL, and the family lived there for a number of years before moving on to Aurora, IL. After high school, Suttie attended Wheaton College and received a B.A. in 1965 in Education. After college, she applied for short-term missionary work, was accepted and sent to Cameroon under the United Presbyterian Ecumenical Mission. While in Africa, she taught in a school for missionary children, occasionally taught English to African children, and taught American folk songs at the Bulu church she attended.

Suttie returned to the United States and at the time of this interview was living in Westmont, IL.


2 Audio Tapes

88 Minutes

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Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives from John Waldrop and Marilyn Suttie in November 1984.

Accession 84-131

May 26, 1993

Janyce H. Nasgowitz

B. Phillips

Collection 286 Oral History Interview with Marilyn J. Suttie
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Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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