Myrtle Louise Aeschliman

Myrtle Louise Aeschliman

(1893 – 1988)


Myrtle (Mary) Louise Patterson was the daughter of George W. and Electa Ellen (Shaner) Patterson, born in Illinois in January 1893. Prior to 1921, Mrs. Patterson moved to Peking (Beijing) China where she taught school for American children. There she met and married Rev. Edward J. Aeschliman.

The Aeschliman’s remained in China until 1950 when they returned to the US due to the advance of communist forces.  After two years furlough in the US, they transferred to the Methodist Episcopal Church’s mission at Old Umtali (Old Mutare), Southern Rhodesia.  As of 1958, they were at Umtali (Mutare), where Mrs. Aeschliman was supervisor of the Methodist “junior church.”

She died October 1988 (age 95) and is buried in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  • Mark Loomis