Mississippi Baptist Foundation
Tuesday, January 22, 2019


Celebrating the legacies of Mississippi women of faith

Zula Caperton

Vicky Dowdy

Mary Kyle

Anna Lynn Osborne

For five decades, Zula modeled servant leadership with her husband Frank through willing hearts and helping hands on mission in Mississippi and across much of North America. Even after retirement, the Capertons helped construct church facilities in several states, including Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Arizona.

In 1988 Zula established the “Frank and Zula Caperton Trust Fund” through the Mississippi Baptist Foundation, with the goal of offering continual encouragement and necessary financial support for the planting of new churches.

Read more of Zula’s story here.

Vicky had a heart for missions and took seriously Christ’s command to have personal involvement in the spread of the gospel around the world.

She participated in mission trips to Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Maryland, and engaged with fellow Mississippi Baptists in Gulf Coast cleanup efforts after Hurricane Katrina.

On August 28, 2010, Vicky’s earthly sojourn came to an end. Her legacy of education and missions continues, however, through the “Vicky Dowdy Scholarship Fund,” established by her husband Billy, pastor of FBC Leakesville, Mississippi, and their two daughters.

Learn more about the Dowdy family’s testimony here.

Her earthly life and ministry spanned a period of nearly nine decades. For forty-one of those years, Miss Mary Matilda Kyle taught in Jackson Public Schools and in Copiah County.

Known as a cheerleader for learning, Mary would often say, “All of my students can be somebody because God doesn’t make trash.”

Today, the “Mary M. Kyle Memorial Scholarship Trust” continues to encourage students, providing scholarships for future educators who will pick up the baton and run faithfully.

More about Mary Kyle’s legacy can be found here.

Anna Lynn Osborne joyfully embraced life to the fullest, characterized by a devotion to her Lord, a gracious and humble spirit, a magnetic personality, and special leadership capabilities. Kindness and goodness were on display in her life on a daily basis.

Tragically, Anna was killed in a head-on collision with a drunk driver on June 26, 1976. She was a young, vivacious college student who was just nineteen and full of life.

With the goals of remembering Anna’s influence on others and her love for music, the Osborne family established the “Anna Lynn Osborne Memorial Trust.” Proceeds from the memorial endowment are distributed annually to benefit local church music ministry.

To learn more about Anna Lynn Osborne and her legacy, click here.