Summary: Evelyn was baptized late in life and was faithful to the end.
Song: How Great Thou Art (Recorded) Family Enters
Song: Jesus Let Us Come to Know You (Congregational)
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
1. Customary – Universal
2. Sources of Comfort and Closure
• Loved one’s life
• Challenges of life
• Reality of Death
• Brevity of life
• Proximity of eternity – all are hanging by a thread; a reason to follow Jesus
Song: Amazing Grace
Evelyn was born in Stuart, OK. She was procurement Chief for Tinker AFB. She is survived by her daughter, Ardith and her husband Rod; brother, William “Bill” ; 5 grandsons, Geoff, Mike, Chris, Pat, and Shane.
Evelyn was the oldest of 5 surviving children in her family. Her siblings were: Mildred, Leo, Lulagene (Jick), who preceded her in death, and Bill who survived her and is 84 years old.
She was widowed in 1997 and moved to Yukon in 1999. She moved in with Rod and Ardith in 2006. She was a big OU fan. She watched the OU football games on TV each week unless she was able to be at the stadium to watch.
Evelyn demonstrated some great qualities in her life.
• Humility – As Chief Procurement Officer at Tinker AFB, she was among the highest ranking civilians and worked closely with the Base’s General. Yet, she did not speak of it. In fact, unless you asked her specific questions about specific accomplishments in her life, you would not hear about her achievements.
• Accomplished – When she retired from Tinker, she went back to school and earned her AA degree in Early Childhood Development and became the Director of Headstart in Okemah, OK
• Intelligent – Good with bookkeeping, etc. and took care of those issues on her dad’s farm – in spite of her intelligence had a lapse every so often. Ardith told of a time a colt was born on the farm and Evelyn’s dad said the colt was “as black as midnight.” She responded – “What color is it?”
• Musical – Apparently the music was a genetic quality in this family. Ardith inherited the gift of music and the ability to teach it; Evelyn and Mildred often sang at church Arbor Meetings in their youth; they also played the banjo and mandolin. She was a superb alto and loved singing.
• “Awesome Cook” – according to Rod. Due to rheumatic fever as a child she was unable to work outside in the fields so, she did the house chores and learned to cook.
• Physically Strong – She lived a decade after having two broken hips and numerous health issues.
She had been active in the Eastern Star; a book club; and Toastmasters International. When she moved to Yukon, she became involved in a Ladies Unity Group and played Canasta with Florine , Dean , Rosie , Betty and Florine (who was responsible for her baptism at our congregation).
Creed to Live by: “If you can’t say something good about someone, don’t say anything at all.” She did not talk a lot. :-)
From John 14.1-6
1. Don’t Fear
• The Unknown Frightens Us
• Lazarus did not seem too disturbed by his experience (John 11)
• Death is a New Beginning for Christians, not merely an ending
2. “There is A Prepared Place for a Prepared People”
3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
• No Sorrow; Pain; etc. (Financial stress; Illness; Worries; Death)
• A Place of Joy – because of the presence of God
3. Where Jesus Receives Us (14.3)
The room in which Evelyn died is not just a place of her death, but it is where she met Jesus in person