Such is the conclusion of Regina D. Sullivan in a new book on Lottie, Lottie Moon
A Southern Baptist Missionary to China in History and Legend.
Quote below from ABP's article Opinion: Lottie Moon, a missionary in history and legend
The legend of Moon’s death from starvation on the mission field has played a central role in how she has been remembered, especially since the myth of her Christ-like sacrifice is essential to Southern Baptist mission fund raising. Through painstaking research I was able to locate the origins of this mythology and explain how it formed and bloomed into legend.
Moon did not starve herself to death nor did she give all of her money away to famine relief, as has been popularized in denominational publications since the early 20th century. It is, indeed, ironic that Moon’s active life, her call for female equality and her support for female organization have been overlooked in favor of the starvation myth.
Heavens! What would the SBC be without our cherished myths?
I look forward to reading this book. I presume that the author will be straightforward about Lottie's breaking her engagement with Crawford Toy over his liberalism.