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Family will receive friends on Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at Union Grove Baptist Church, 266 N. Champion Avenue Columbus, OH 43203. Interment: Glen Rest Memorial Estate.
Priscilla Marlene Stewart Wyatt
May the work I’ve done speak for me! May the life I live speak for me! May the service I give speak for me! All that I’ve done, the service I have given, and the life I have lived, may all seem small, but when I stand before my God, I want to hear him say, “Well Done.” May the Life I live speak for me.
The life and legacy of Priscillia Marlene Stewart Wyatt began September 10, 1937 in Jamestown, Ohio. She was born to the late James and Evelyn Stewart, and departed this life October 30, 2023 at Grant Medical Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
P. Marlene spent her childhood and teenage years in Wilmington, Ohio where she graduated from Wilmington Public Schools. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church now called Bible Missionary Baptist Church of Wilmington, Ohio. At Second Baptist Church, she learned the work of missions through the Children’s Band, Hattie Jackson Guild Girls and Youth Baptist Training Union. She was honored to have a street named after her “Marlena Drive” due to her involvement in the Wilmington community.
After completing her high school education, she moved to Columbus Ohio. Shortly after relocating to Columbus, she began working at Children’s Hospital as an Oxygen Therapist and Assistant Supervisor to Central Supply where she met Wallace Wyatt. Marlene and Wallace married and to that union they had three girls, Tamara Lynn, Cynthia Lynn, and Cheryl Lynn.
P. Marlene believed in the importance of education and being a servant leader. She attended the Columbus Bible Institute and Franklin University. She received from the National Baptist Convention Congress of Christian Education certification in Church Administration. In 2008 she received her diploma from Stratford Career Institute with high honors in Secretarial Administration.
P. Marlene was the Church Office Administrator for Union Grove Baptist Church for over 40 years serving under two pastors, Rev. Dr. Phale D. Hale and Rev. Dr. Henry L. Johnson III. She was a member of the Missionary Society, instructor for Circle Priscilla, We Care Ministry Coordinator, and served as the resource person for Women’s Day.
She was active in the Eastern Union Missionary Baptist Association serving as the organizer and Bible Instructor of the First District Hattie Jackson Guild Girls, Advisor of the Youth Auxiliary, and the former President of the Women’s Auxiliary.
In addition, she served the Ohio Baptist General Convention as a past supervisor of monitors of the Auxiliary Workshops, Superintendent of the Hattie Jackson Guild,
and Assistant Coordinator for the James Wesley Parrish Youth Rally. She also served as chairperson for the third revision of the Hattie Jackson Guild State Handbook. P. Marlene also served as the chairperson for the Women’s Auxiliary Advisory Board, the Edna L. Lewis Workshop, and was a former president of the Women’s Auxiliary.
Sister Wyatt was honored to serve as one of the writers for The National Baptist Convention, USA. Inc. Quarterly Study Book “The Mission” for three consecutive years.
She received the Religious Award from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Inc., the Annual Living Faith Award from the Metropolitan Area Church Council, and the EUMBA Women’s Auxiliary Trailblazer Award. In 2002 the OBGC Women’s Auxiliary Recognition Luncheon was renamed the P. Marlene Wyatt’s Presidential Recognition Luncheon under the leadership of former president Dr. Bettye J. Speed.
Sister Priscilla Marlene Wyatt was a woman of honor, integrity, and wisdom. She lived out Psalm 32:8 and Romans 12. She loved her family, community, and church. P. Marlene encouraged young people and believed in the value of intergenerational relationships. She will be truly missed, but her legacy lives on in all of us.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, James Stewart and Evelyn Stewart Fortune; her husband, Wallace Wyatt: her brothers, Monroe Roberts, James Stewart, Scott D. Fortune; her sisters, Emma Banks, Patricia Ham, and Carrie Lane Trickey.
P. Marlene leaves to cherish her memory, sister, Dorothy Flannagan: daughters, Tamara L. Freeman, Cynthia (Ricardo) Brown, and Cheryl Wyatt; step daughter, Pamela Coleman; grandchildren, Chanae Ward, Jaylen Ward, Joy Freeman, Tia Ward, Kimberly Brown, and Lauryn Brown; great grandchildren, Amari Johnson and Aaris Ward; beloved nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
“A Charge to keep I have, A God to glorify, a never dying soul to save to fit it for the sky. To serve this present age, my calling to fulfill, O may it all my powers engage to do my Master’s Will.”