YVieta LaRue Jenkins
Pre-Service [Instrumental Hymns…throughout visitation]
Seating of the Family [informally to transition from visitation to service]
Song: “When They Ring Those Golden Bells” [Becky & Karen]
YVieta LaRue (Brown) Jenkins born October 3, 1936, in Altamont, MO, entered into the presence of her Lord and her eternal reward on March 21, 2019, at her home in Liberty, MO, at the age of 82 years, 5 months, and 18 days.
YVieta was the daughter of Alberta LaRue (Beck) Brown and John Weaver Brown. She attended school in Gallatin, MO, graduating from Gallatin High School in 1954. While in high school she played trombone in the marching band, throughly enjoying music.
After graduation, YVieta attended Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, MO, from 1954-1956 and received her Teaching Certificate. She then completed 2 summers of education at Kirksville State Teachers College. She taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grades at New York Consolidated Schools in MO and also taught in Cowgill, MO.
📷 grades at New York Consolidated Schools in MO and also taught in Cowgill, MO.
YVieta met the love of her life, Billie Don Jenkins, in the summer of 1956. They were married December 21, 1957 at the First Baptist Church of Gallatin, MO. YVieta and Bill moved to Kansas City, North in 1961. There YVieta was a homemaker caring for her 2 daughters, Jeanna, born in 1959, and Janey, born in 1962.
YVieta was active in PTA at the girls' elementary school, Golden Oaks. She served several years as a room mother in their classes, and 2 years as PTA president. YVieta was also active with the girls' Brownie troop, serving one year as the Girl Scout Cookie Chairman, ending up with at least 600 boxes of cookies in her house to distribute to the troop! She also worked 10 years as a substitute teacher in the NKC School District.
Back to YVieta’s early years for a moment. When she was a child, her grandparents were instrumental in teaching her about Christ and the truths found in the Bible. About the time she was in junior high or high school, she publically professed her repentance of sin and faith in trust in Jesus Christ as the One who, by fulfilling the biblical prophecies about the one who would be born the only begotten Son of God who went to the cross and took our (her) place dying for her sin and rose again—her (our) Savior and Lord. Once they had settled in Kansas City, YVieta became a member of Claycomo Baptist Church, joining in 1961. While here she has spent many years serving as Sunday School teacher and Women's Missionary Union Director. She also served as Mission's Director in WMU and […show video clip] role-acted as missionaries Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong to help raise money for mission's work. Up until recently she served as Sunday School teacher in the Ruth class, with as many as 25 active members.
📷 YVieta was a member of Claycomo Baptist Church which she joined in 1961.
While there she spent many years serving as Sunday School teacher and Women's Missionary Union Director. She also served as Mission's Director in WMU and role-acted as missionaries Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong to help raise money for mission's work. Up until recently she served as Sunday School teacher in the Ruth class, with as many as 25 active members.
YVieta's passions were her family and church. She faithfully cared for Bill throughout his long illness. They were married for 53 years. She loved spending time with her four granddaughters, Jessica, Melissa, Beth, and Erica. She cared for so many of our church family members…and lived out her faith. On a recent occasion leaving the hospital she said to the hospital worker who had helped her out to the vehicle, “I believe in Jesus, and if you do, too, I’ll see you in heaven.”
Throughout the years she enjoyed reading, Bible study, crocheting, family genealogy, and music, including playing the piano and autoharp.
Her family describes YVieta as giving…always wanting to take care of and help others, even if in just small ways. She wanted things in her families’ lives to be special. Her church family, especially her Sunday School class, describe her as caring, godly, and greatly respected. One said, “we have been the sheep, and she our shepherd.” Many of us would say she has been the kindest, gentlest, example of a Christ-honoring person as we have ever known, or will ever know.
YVieta is preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill Jenkins, and granddaughter Jessica. Survivors include daughters, Jeanna Jaeger and Janey Taylor (Bernie); her 3 granddaughters Melissa Etzenhouser (Shawn), Beth Jaeger, Erica Reyes (Earl), and 4 great grandchildren, Kylah Etzenhouser, Nathanial Reyes, Hunter Etzenhouser, and Christian Reyes; sisters- in-law Carol Jean Stephens and Sue Fisher; brothers-in-law Bob Stephens and Everett Fisher; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was much loved and will be missed by all.
Erica Reyes (Earl), and 4 great grandchildren, Kylah Etzenhouser, Nathanial
Reyes, Hunter Etzenhouser, and Christian Reyes; sister- in-laws Carol Jean Stephens and Sue Fisher; brother-in-laws Bob Stephens and Everett Fisher; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was much loved and will be missed by all.
Song: “Beulah Land” [Joe; background track]
Eulogy: Melissa Etzenhouser (grand daughter)
I have the privilege of sharing with you today, two of YVieta’s favorite Scripture passages. I know these are her favorites because both her family and her Sunday School class said the exact same thing about these...
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know him, and he will make your paths straight.
The Lord is my shepherd; I have what I need. He lets me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters. He renews my life; he leads me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord as long as I live.
Song: “Even If” [MercyMe from Lifer album]
Billy Graham once said, “Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”
Such is certainly also the case for our wonderful sister in Christ, YVieta.
In roughly two week’s time, I (actually, we…Claycomo Baptist Church) have had the solemn privilege of serving the families of two precious ladies from within our church family who have been called home to be with our Lord. This is the reason why I am turning back again to that beautiful final chapter in the Book of Proverbs—chapter 31. These verses set before us the description of an excellent wife…a wonderful woman of virtue and strength. The kind of woman every right-thinking man wants as his bride (and which none of us deserve). Listen to this amazing testimony...
Who can find a wife of noble character? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will not lack anything good.
Strength and honor are her clothing, and she can laugh at the time to come. Her mouth speaks wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also praises her: “Many women have done noble deeds, but you surpass them all!” Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised. Give her the reward of her labor, and let her works praise her at the city gates.
I say testimony, because I can’t help but see YVieta as I hear these words. Strength and dignity. Care and Laughter. A heart of worship that evidences the life-changing transformation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have already mentioned…and so did YVieta (in the video)…the essence of the truth the Bible tells us about the Gospel: We are all sinners whose deserved consequence for our sin is the judgment of God. BUT GOD, who is holy and just is also a God who is perfect in grace and mercy. Jesus, the one and only Son of God was born and lived a sinless life and died on the cross for sin—my sin, your sin—and rose again proving He is our one and only Savior. The Bible says...
There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved.”
When we, like YVieta did, confess to God that we know that we, just like everyone else are a sinner…and repent of that sin and believe by faith that Jesus shedding His blood paid the price for our sin and rising again from the grave He is the Victor over sin and death…and we commit our lives to follow Jesus, doing what He has said we should do to glorify Him…we will be saved! And have the kind of peace and security YVieta had in these recent days taking our Lord at His word where we read...
Listen, I am telling you a mystery: We will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. For this corruptible body must be clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body must be clothed with immortality. When this corruptible body is clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body is clothed with immortality, then the saying that is written will take place: Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, death, is your victory? Where, death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
Listen, I am telling you a mystery: We will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. For this corruptible body must be clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body must be clothed with immortality. When this corruptible body is clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body is clothed with immortality, then the saying that is written will take place: Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, death, is your victory? Where, death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15.
YVieta has left her family a wonderful legacy through her love and care and compassion. Yvieta has done this for us as a church also. BUT, the greatest legacy and encouragement by which God has blessed us all through her life is this…a steadfast love for Jesus. A kind of love that moves everyone of us who have entrusted ourselves to Jesus to sing (oh, to just watch and hear YVieta singing in the presence of our Lord now)…Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound!
Song: “Amazing Grace” [Joe leading everyone; vv. 1, 3, 5]
SS Class Recognition [Bud Woodside]
Dismissing of Friends [generally; not by rows]
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, concerning those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, in the same way, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For we say this to you by a word from the Lord: We who are still alive at the Lord’s coming will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the archangel’s voice, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are still alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.