The Wedding of Paul Hiebert and Frances Flaming
Paul Hiebert married Frances Flaming, daughter of Menno and Emma Grace Flaming, on December 28, 1954. They met each other while they were both studying at Tabor College. Paul often told the story of how, at Tabor, where he studied physics and history, he approached a young lady: “Miss Flaming.” “Yes?” I’m Paul Hiebert. I’m going to be a missionary. Would you like to have dinner with me?” Their marriage lasted forty five years until Frances passed away on April 16, 1999 after a battle with breast cancer.
(About Frances Flaming)
Paul Hieber’s wife, Frances Flaming, was born on August 22, 1934, at El Reno, Oklahoma. She graduated from Corn Bible Academy and studied at Tabor College, where she met Paul Hiebert. She completed her BA at Kansas State University, her MA in Bible at Fuller Theological Seminary, and her Doctor of Ministries in Missions at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She served on the Mennonite Brethren Board of Missions and Services for nine years, as Director of Women’s Ministries at Fuller, and as Director of International Student Affairs at Trinity. She published widely in the area of missions and women’s ministries.
From Dr. Robert J. Priest.“Paul G. Hiebert: A Life Remembered”, Trinity Journal (30:2), 2009, pp. 171-175., Philip Wayne Barnes. Missiology Meets Cultural Anthropology: The Life and Legacy of Paul G. Hiebert (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ph.D. dissertation, 2011) p.48., and Anonymous. “In Loving Memory of Frances F. Hiebert”, Priscilla Papers, Volume: PP 13:2 (Spring 1999).