Beatrice Mildred (Wycoff) Wenger (57) was born on August 9th in Framingham, MA to ENC students Floyd Wycoff, who was doing a student pastorate, and Mary (Baumgartner) Wycoff who had traveled with one of the first women’s trios representing the college. At age two Bea relocated with her parents to the Pittsburg, PA district where she lived in parsonages until her graduation from Pittsburgh’s Langley High School.
While at ENC Bea took a job as a waitress in ENC’s dining room. In a couple of years she was promoted to head waitress. All through her days of majoring in modern languages and involvement in the Evangelical Association she and Fred, also a kitchen worker, spent much time together. This led to dating and then marriage on her birthday the year after their graduation.
Though she taught elementary education for a few years while Fred attended Nazarene Seminary in Kansas City, MO they both made a major decision to have her invest her time, talents and Christian influence in being a loving wife, kind and wise mother to their three children: Beth, Karen, & Fred III. She was a penny-stretching-homemaker, and gracious and caring pastor’s wife who played the piano, sang duets with Fred, and taught various Sunday School classes until finally finding her place as an adult teacher.
For decades Bea sent birthday and anniversary cards to a growing list. Her careful card message selection was a blessing to many. The $2 bills tucked in children’s cards were valued as well.
She “reinvented” herself and found new “people involvements” as Fred moved from pastor to chaplain to pastoral counselor.
These days are more relaxed in some ways, yet the overflow of Fred’s involvements continues to touch her life