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Memorial Service for Zella Frances McBride
September 24, 2016
The family is so thankful for all who have come today as we celebrate Frances'
home going. For many many years she attended Huron Baptist Church in Oscoda,
Michigan. She has only been here at College Park for around 3 1/2 years, yet
this church has made her feel at home, and she has made some strong friends.
Even with the issues she was having with her memory everyone was very kind.
We thank you for your love and prayers for us. Thinking of prayer, lets pray before we go any further.
Music "How Can I Keep From Singing Your Praise". Mike Haight
Family Time To Speak
Music "Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone". Mike Haight
Frances went to sleep in this world and, according to scripture, in a single moment
woke up in Heaven on July 11th. Before we look more about heaven let me share
some of what I know of Frances.
I first met her at Huron Baptist Church in Oscoda, Michigan where I was stationed. We use to joke a lot. She was always very involved in church, a very had worker both at church and outside church. She was of that generation where hard work was what you did to make ends meet, and you were willing to work wherever the opportunity presented it self. You can identify that generation because they have trouble sitting still. That was her, she always needed to be doing something whether in side the house or out. One of her favorite things was to mow the yard. When Edie and I moved she and Bub in with us, they came with two push mowers. If I was to start one of those mowers she would immediately appear to take it from me. My riding mower would remain in the shed. She would always do a great job, and continued until we could see that it was beginning to become to hard on her.
One of the biggest impacts Frances had on me was getting me together with Edie her daughter. She was the reason for these past 45 years of marriage.
I was standing behind her in line at a church covered dish supper. We were joking as always, but then she began talking about her daughter and how she did not like the guy she was going with. Being single, I jokingly said, "well, invite me over sometime" to which she said "How about tonight after church." I said "sure."
Everyone knew about the plan except for her daughter. When I knocked on the
door Edie answered, but in her robe and gown. Never did find out whether Frances just forgot to tell her, or that was her plan. Either way, it worked. We had our first date following Monday in December, were engaged in February, and married in September.
The other big experience in our relationship shows another side of her. It was February, and after a month or so dating I asked Edie to marry me. However, knowing that I was going into the ministry, I wanted her to think about it before answering. On the following Sunday night we were getting ready to leave the church and Frances said come right home. Edie was a senior in high school and there was school the next day. Well, I was anxious to see what Edie's answer was to my proposal, so we pulled off along side the road and I asked her. To my amazement and happiness she said "yes." Well that whole process made us a few minutes late getting home. From the minute we stepped into the door she lit into me with both barrels. Here I am, a Staff Sargent in the U S Air Force, over a team that trained and evaluated other teams in loading nuclear weapons, but that mattered nothing to her. So after she calmed down and I felt it safe to say something I said, "well, since you are already mad, let me tell you the rest of the
story. I have asked Edie to marry me and tonight she said yes!" At that she mellowed somewhat and everything was okay. I did not meet Edie's dad until two weeks before the wedding. As I said in Bud’s Memorial Service, I don't recommend that.
Let me share even another moment in her life that took place long before we met. I was not there, but I found this paper sometime ago when looking through pictures for this memorial service. It is a Baptismal Certificate and it reads as follows.....
Now this is just a piece of paper and has no special power. The baptism
that it commemorates has no special powers either, but they both speak to and
identify a specific time when Zella Frances McBride took John 3:16, and Romans
3:23; 6:23; and 10:9-10 to heart. Let me read them for you .....
She realized that she was a sinner, with no hope, heading for a place God never intended her to go. That was Hell which was prepared for Satan and his demons. She realized the gift God had offered to her, which was His only Son Jesus, and that on the cross He paid her debt in full. When He rose from the grave He won the victory for whom ever would believe. If she would ask forgiveness, and trust in Jesus, with all her heart, as her Savior and give her life to him she would be saved. Not just from hell, the penalty of sin, but also from the power of sin over her. She would be a new creature, and a child of the Living God. Her baptism was a symbol
of what she had done and what God had done for her and in her. She was being obedient to the scripture when it says, " If you confess me before men, then will I confess you before the Father which is in Heaven, but if you deny me before men, so will I deny you before the Father which is in heaven." Mathew 10:32-33 Because of that confession of her heart, I can say that the moment she closed her eyes in death, and we were there, she also woke up in Glory with Jesus.
I pose this question to family and friends here today. Do you have a relationship with Jesus? It matters not if you know about Him, what matters is does He know
you as a Child of the King. We can have head knowledge, but still wake up in hell
missing Heaven by a mire 12-18 inches. The distance from the head to the heart. We must know and thrust Him with our whole heart. Placing our whole lives in His hands. If this brings up questions in your mind, and you would like some answers, I would be more than happy to share with you. Just come see me after the service. There are also others here who would love to help you. Mark 13:32-33
As we bring this time to a close let me share some of what Frances is enjoying
this very minute.
Music "Knowing What I Know Of Heaven". Jim Haight
Closing Prayer her daughter. When I knocked on the
Let me share even another moment in her life that took place long before we met. I was not there, but I found this paper sometime ago when looking through pictures for this memorial service.