SEBRING, Fla.—Alice Humrickhouse Messenger, a pastor’s wife, died May 10. She was 86.

Alice was born in Kokomo, Indiana, where her parents, Ralph and Edna Myers, were charter members of Bible Baptist Church. On July 19, 1952, Alice married Robert Humrickhouse. They were both graduates of Bob Jones University and spent their entire 54-year marriage in pastoral ministry. They were pastor and wife at Community Baptist Church, Deerfield, Illinois; Berean Baptist Church, Bunker Hill, Illinois; and Hagerman Baptist Church, Waterloo, Iowa.

In 2003, the couple retired and moved from Ankeny, Iowa, to Sebring, Florida, to live at the retirement community Maranatha Village.

Robert died in May 2006, and in February 2008, Alice met Donald Messenger, whose wife, Marjorie, had also died in 2006. Alice and Don married in May 2008 and continued to live in Maranatha Village and serve at Maranatha Baptist Church in Sebring.

Alice was known as a faithful and cheerful encourager, particularly to John and Daria Greening in their roles with Regular Baptist Churches as, respectively, national representative and executive assistant. Alice regularly wrote notes to the Greenings, letting them know she was praying for them.

“Alice’s life reflected her Christian faith with remarkable consistency,” Daria says. “When John and I first began our ministry to the churches in the association, Alice began praying for us. Not only did she support us in prayer, she encouraged me personally through sending an uplifting note every month on a handmade card (more than 240 notes in all!). She was a wonderful sister in Christ!”

Alice was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Humrickhouse.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Messenger; three children, Rebeccah Anderson, Deborah Emanuelson, and Robert Humrickhouse; seven grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.