Ola Hawkins was born in 1897. In 1920, she graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University with a master's degree in social work. She married Warren S. Dudley, a faculty member of the education department in the West China University in Chengtu, Szechuan in 1921. In China, Ola worked alongside her husband in the Methodist High School for Boys. In 1925, Warren died unexpectedly but Ola remained in China for another year, before attending American University in Washington, DC on furlough. She received her master's in social economics from American in 1927, before returning to teach at the Methodist Girls High School in Chungking in 1928. Over the next 10 years, Ola taught, established an industrial school for 65 women and girls, and opened an evening school for men and boys in Chungking. She took several furloughs in 1934 and 1935 but continued to teach in China. She returned to the US in 1938 to marry Willard Uphaus whom she had met at an Epsworth League Conference in Arkansas in 1934. After her marriage, Ola worked closely with her husband, first while he was secretary of the National Religion and Labor Foundation, and later as co-director of the World Fellowship of Faiths in New Hampshire. She was also involved with many Christian organizations including the Young Women's Christian Organization, the Women's Division of Christian Services, the Woman's Society of Christian Services and the Methodist Church in New Haven, Connecticut. Ola died on December 14, 1972.
Warren Spencer Dudley was born on March 20, 1892 in Iowa.He graduated from High School in Indianola, Iowa in 1910 and entered Simpson College in the fall. After graduating with a bachelor degree in 1914, he entered Garrett Biblical Institute to prepare for his work in the Christian Ministry in the mission field. In 1917, he joined Sherwood Eddy in the Northwestern University Unit of the YMCA to work in England and France where he was part of the American Expeditionary Force. He remained in Europe until the Armistice, after which he entered Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University in New York City. He graduated from both institutions with masters degrees in religious education and sacred theology in 1920, after which he moved to China to work as a missionary and teacher. After a year of language study and his wedding to Ola Hawkins in 1921, Dudley took over the Methodist High School for Boys in Chungking in 1922. He died unexpectedly on March 22, 1925 of a streptococcus infection.