At the age of 15, Homer was asked to serve as pastor of a new mission, Portway Baptist Mission, and Marilyn played the pump organ. They have often said how supportive and patient that congregation was with such a young pair of teenagers.
After their wedding, the Hannas returned to Baylor University in Waco, where they graduated in 1961. He received his master’s of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and began serving in churches across Texas, including Waxahachie, Fort Worth, Hereford, Uvalde and San Antonio. In 1964, he was called to the University of Corpus Christi as Baptist Student Union director, and later became dean of students.
Homer and Marilyn were called to the ministry of South Texas Children’s Home in 1977, where he was on the administrative staff for 23 years. During that time, Marilyn worked as an educator in many school districts, retiring from Pawnee as principal in 1995. He has continued to preach and serve as interim pastor in many surrounding Baptist churches.
The Hannas are blessed with three children, Melinda (Hanna) Wheat, educator and wife of John Wheat, pastor of First Baptist Church in Kenedy; Christi (Hanna) Haag, inspirational speaker and wife of Jerry Haag, president of the Florida Baptist Childrens’ Homes; and Ben Hanna and his wife, Meredith, who have the River Fellowship Ministry in San Antonio.
They are the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren, Mandi and Amy Wheat, Ben and Brady Haag and Mary Kate, Jake, Caleb and Sara Hanna.
A special 50th wedding anniversary celebration was held in San Antonio with their children and grandchildren at Paesano’s Restaurant, followed by gifts, cake and fun at the home of Ben and Meredith Hanna.
The couple are so grateful to the Lord for their wonderful parents, family and friends, and look forward to celebrating the rest of their lives together.