Services for Dorothy Myers were held today in Burns Flat, Oklahoma. The message and eulogy that accompanied that service follow.
I am going to read a little from the 8th Chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans. That’s what we do at celebrations. We read from God’s word.
If you don’t understand why this is a celebration or why we read from God’s word, there’s an app for that. My card is in the back and I would love to talk to anyone who can’t see God in the evidence of creation itself or who does not know what it is to have Jesus as Lord in your life.
There’s an app for that and they keep me in that corner office most of the week.
To Paul’s words—I’m not reading the whole 8th Chapter.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death…
18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed…
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose…
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Dorothy professed her faith and was baptized sometime in the 1970’s. I don’t know if we ever pinpointed the date. Don’t worry, they keep the Lamb’s book of Life up to date so she won’t need any papers at the Pearly Gates.
Dorothy knew Jesus as Lord.
These sort of gatherings get really easy for me once I know that part.
We don’t need to round up diplomas or GPAs, speeding tickets or warnings, voting records or past due notices on water bills, or even the picture of her as beauty queen. I know all that I need to know in that she professed Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Her salvation is assured. We can all sing Blessed Assurance when it comes to Dorothy.
Had I read a different letter written by Paul, he counseled the church at Philippi to work out their salvation as the most important thing that they ever did.
He didn’t say work for your salvation, but to work it out—figure it out—live it out.
Live it out.
Dorothy did that in her own way, as we all do.
She cooked. The family concurred that she loved to cook and was a great cook.
She was strict—loving but strict.
And this one got my attention—she took in the strays.
With Dorothy, there really wasn’t such a person as a stranger. Everyone was family.
That’s a powerful statement: Everyone was family.
People who do that sort of thing have probably entertained a few angels and never knew it, but God did.
Now there is a mission statement for a connected community—Everyone is family.
I didn’t know Dorothy very well, but I knew her through her online posts. Most of the time when you only know someone on Facebook, they don’t show up at your funeral and surely don’t get to preach there. Today is the exception that proves the rule.
With about 750 some friends, I read maybe 1% of my Facebook posts every week, but Dorothy’s often caught my eye.
Not the Candy Crush and Farmville stuff that caused me to grimace, but those things that reminded me of a kindred spirit.
· I know that God won’t give me anything that I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me as much. That one is from Mother Theresa and Dorothy posted it more than once.
· If you haven’t grown up by age 50, you don’t have to.
· If Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. If Gramma ain’t happy, Run!
· Love your parents. We are so busy growing up that we forget they are growing old.
· My house isn’t fancy. I don’t have any money. I’ve struggled for everything I have, but I am grateful for God’s love, my loving family, and true friends.
· Never be ashamed of the scars that life has left you with. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed, you endured the pain, and God has healed you.
As we work out our lives following Jesus, some parts come out better than others.
I would have loved to have had Dorothy in our midst for Sunday worship, but that didn’t happen that way.
That doesn’t mean that she didn’t love God, she just missed out on some of the blessings that come from giving your heart to God in the middle of other believers.
Some parts come out better than others. I think she understood the command that Jesus gave to those who follow him.
Love God with everything you have. Jesus put it this way, As I have loved you, so you much love each other.
She knew that part.
Those who knew Dorothy knew that she knew that part.
Many people have heard many sermons in their lives. I don’t know why anyone who comes on a regular basis to this church body would have any problems at all?
C’mon, they’ve heard me preach! That should fix everything.
We hear many messages in the course of our lives, but Dorothy lived out a simple message in her own unique way.
She loved others as Jesus loved us and we know this in the words of her family: Everyone was family.
Now consider the words I read earlier, the shorter version this time:
There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus.
Our suffering now pales in comparison to what goodness is to come.
When we don’t know what to pray, get out of the way and let the Spirit who knows exactly what to say speak for us—doesn’t need words.
In all things God works for good for those who love him and have been called according to your purpose.
God loves us and he is for us! God is for us.
We are more than conquerors.
I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Dorothy is exactly where she needs to be. These affirmations are for you.
In this difficult time, know that God loves you and that nothing can separate you from that love.
Cry, mourn, remember, but above all know that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ Jesus.
I know that you miss her but today, celebrate her life by praising God, sharing stories and pictures, and testifying to the difference that she made in your life.
She surely worked out her salvation by loving one another to the point all were family.
I close with a poem that Dorothy posted not too long ago that I think will speak to us now.
See Dorothy’s Facebook page.
Dorothy’s obituary as corrected and updated by Desarae Simmons.
Dorothy Mae (Van Winkle) Myers died peacefully in her home on December 25, 2014 in Burns Flat, Oklahoma at the age of 69. She was born September 22, 1945 in Lodi, California, the daughter of James and Jewell Van Winkle.
Dorothy was raised in California and moved to Oklahoma when she was 16 to raise her children. She moved back to California at different periods in her life. In California she worked at Del Monte in Modesto. During her time there Dorothy loved spending time with mother and her brothers.
Dorothy is survived by her husband Moe Myers of the home, daughters, Kris Orth of Foss, Dee Watson of Burns Flat, Sue Davis of Norman, Cindy Hurley of Burns Flat, and Michelle Chadwick of Foss. Sons, Jimmy Stewart of Luther, Micheal Stewart of Kingfisher, Josh Myers of Burns Flat, Chad Myers of Burns Flat, and Brent Myers of Burns Flat. Her brothers James, Rip, Ed and Frank Van Winkle of Antiock, California along with several nieces and nephews. Dorothy has 30 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. She is preceded in death by her parents James and Jewell Van Winkle and her brother Lee Roy Van Winkle.
She attended Patterson High in California. Dorothy also attended the nursing program at Western Technology Center and graduated in 1998 with her CNA License. Dorothy began working at the Clinton Veteran’s Center and thoroughly loved helping and visiting with the members of the VA. While working there she met Moe Myers. He swept her off her feet. She married him June 19, 2005. They made their home in Burns Flat, Ok.
Dorothy loved cooking for her big family and always had a recipe to share. She had a huge heart and never met a stranger. Dorothy enjoyed gardening, canning and making jelly. You could always catch Dorothy spending time with her family and helping anyone who needed her. She loved the Lord and lived a very fulfilling life.
Services for Dorothy were held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 30 December 2015 at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Burns Flat, Oklahoma. The service was preceded by a meal for family and friends.
A graveside service and committal was conducted at North Burns Cemetery shortly after the main service.