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Sevilla Mae (Cooper) Smith

Updated on July 31, 2014

October 30, 1921 - September 25, 2010

Sevilla M. Smith, age 88, passed away on September 25, 2010 after suffering with a lung condition and an added problem of pneumonia. Sevilla has been a faithful and loving wife to Mendell Smith for 68 years. She became a resident of Colorado Springs in 1970 when she and her husband Mendell moved from California.

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Sevilla Mae Cooper Smith / Eulogy by Harry

October 30, 1921 - September 25, 2010

Tribute to Sevilla

My mother (Sevilla Mae Cooper) was born October 30, 1921 in Pocahontas Arkansas to Herbert and Ella Mae Cooper. She had an older sister (Vivian Kinkaid) and a younger brother (Danny Cooper).

In 1924, when mom was 3, her family moved from Pocahontas to Anadarko, Oklahoma where she lived until she went to college.

Sevilla was very fond of her dad. Her sister, Vivian, worked with her mother in the house but Sevilla enjoyed being outdoors with her dad. She remembered that when she was a small girl, he would sometimes stretch out on the couch with his head in her lap and let her comb and play with his hair. When she was in the fourth grade she was having trouble with her arithmetic and every noon when he came home for lunch he took time to help her with her arithmetic problems. At that time he drove a delivery truck for the Anadarko Laundry, delivering laundry all over town. His girls were always watching to see him in his laundry truck. Sevilla said, "Dad liked to sing, and he would take our family to singing conventions all over Oklahoma and sometimes as far away as Texas.

The four girls in the family, Sevilla, her sister Vivian, and her two cousins, Dorcas and Jerrie who lived with them, had formed a quartet. This quartet was directed by Dad Cooper and they sang at some of those conventions when they were just young girls.

Mom enrolled at Bethany Penial College in Oklahoma; she met my dad there and they were soon engaged and married at the Church of the Nazarene on Christmas Day, 1941. They spent their honeymoon in El Dorado, Kansas.

Immediately after their honeymoon trip they returned to Bethany and set out with an evangelist, Rev. D. B. Murphy, for a revival in Oklahoma. Dad led the music and gave "chalk talks." Mom and dad sang duets.

They moved to Wichita, Kansas, in January, 1942, where dad had been hired as an engineer for Beech Aircraft Corporation.

Mom gave birth to two sons: Harry Mendell Jr. was born at St. Francis Hospital on August 19, 1943, and Herbert Wesley was born at Wesley Hospital on February 6, 1946.

In 1953, Mendell was laid off from Beechcraft and was immediately hired by Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank, California. Our family moved into a Spanish style house on a hill near Hollywood overlooking the city of Los Angeles. There Harry and Herbert walked about a mile to school, climbing about 100 steps and going down the steepest street (Micheltorena) in Los Angeles. Micheltorena elementary school was at the bottom of that street. While there, Mendell and Sevilla became members of the First Church of the Nazarene in Los Angeles and sang in the choir.

Mendell and Sevilla later bought a contemporary home in the west end of the San Fernando Valley and joined the Canoga Park Church of the Nazarene where Mendell became the choir director.

Mom taught Sunday School, and was director of the Kindergarten department and for three years was Vacation Bible School director. She also sang in the choir.

One of mom's outside interests was singing with the Woodlandaires, a semiprofessional ladies chorale, singing in numerous concerts including performances for the noted Ebel Club and at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. She was president of the Woodlandaires for two years.

After working at Lockheed for about eight and one-half years, my dad left to become Director of Engineering at Burns Aero Seat Company in Burbank, California. I also worked there with my dad, as a draftsman during summer vacation.

While we lived in the San Fernando Valley, my Grandparents, Harry and Daisy Smith, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a potluck picnic including a wedding cake and all the trimmings at the city park in Canoga Park with relatives and friends attending.

In 1963 the Smith family moved to the community of Rossmore, where we became members of the Long Beach Church of the Nazarene where the Rev. Ponder Gilliland was pastor. Mom and dad both sang in the choir under the direction of the noted Ron Lush. Sevilla also sang in a ladies trio known as the "The Waves." While they were in that church, Sevilla became interested in the work of World Missions and served as Nazarene World Mission Society president for three years.

While living in Rossmore, mom and dad celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a reception at their home and a trip to Hawaii.

In 1970, mom and dad moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where they joined the First Church of the Nazarene.

Mom was Missionary president at both First Church of the Nazarene and Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Colorado Springs and she served on the church board and sang in the choir at both churches. Mom was active in the Christian Women's Club and was president of the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary for almost three years. The Women's Auxiliary is made up of women of all denominations to serve The Salvation Army's compassionate ministries.

In March of 1977, Sevilla became a Realtor for Care Realty the Gallery of Homes. She also worked for Langford Delay and Colorado Home Brokers until her retirement in 1990.

For several years her six grandchildren, Herb, Shauna, Jeff, David, Melanie and Noelle, flew from California to spend part of their summer vacation with Grandma and Grandpa Smith at their mountain cabin in the Rockies between Woodland Park and Deckers, Colorado. All the kids still have fond memories of time at Grandma and Grandpas mountain cabin.

In her retirement years, mom became the backbone of the Smith family as a prayer warrior; spending time in prayer for her boys and their wives, for her grandchildren and their families, as well as the needs of her faith family.

She will be remembered as the beautiful lady that loved everyone, prayed for a lost and dying world, and was a faithful and loving wife for 68 years. She passed away at the age of 88, on September 25, 2010, and is now rejoicing with her husband in the presence of her wonderful savior, Jesus Christ.

To see more details and pictures of Mendell Smith, go to: http://www.squidoo.com/mendell

Harry M Smith, older son, presents the eulogy.

Harry M Smith, older son, presents the eulogy.
Harry M Smith, older son, presents the eulogy.

Garden of the Gods with my grandparents

Garden of the Gods with my grandparents
Garden of the Gods with my grandparents

Generational gap filled with stamping

Generational gap filled with stamping
Generational gap filled with stamping
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Sevilla Mae Cooper Smith enters eternity:

The imaginary news paper article in "Heavens Daily News"

Written by Cecile Smith

Sevilla Mae Cooper Smith was reunited with the One that made her life possible: her dear Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. She served Him faithfully all the days of her years - that would be 88 - and when she stepped into glory land, He welcomed her with these words, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your reward." Angels, cherubim and all those who had crossed from finite to infinity, together formed a beautiful chorus to welcome her and take her to others that were waiting with opened arms. First to wrap his arms around her was her dear husband and sweetheart of 68 years and then her sister, Vivian that passed 10 years ago. Clothed in white linen, she willingly showed off the work of the God of all Creation for He had made her new -- whole and young again. She showed dad and Vivian her hands - no more were they arthritic. She showed them that she could take deep breaths -- gone was the fungus and pneumonia from her lung. She did a graceful Pirouette to show that He had restored all things. Rejoicing with her, Dad showed that he had no fractures - anywhere - and that the bruises were gone and he too was made whole and new. Her sister Vivian could hardly stand it any longer. She began sharing all the memories of childhood that she and Sevilla spent together - memories God had restored that Alzheimer's had tried to rob from her. They danced together like little children. Then the One that makes all things new approached them. Without hesitation, they fell to their knees before Him in total adoration and worship. His majesty and beauty shone like the evening stars and they were hushed in silence as they saw the train of His robe. They could not take their eyes off it for it spread as far as they could see, and the whole earth was filled with His glory."

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Testimony of Sevilla M. Smith

Presented at the Memorial service in Montrose, California

Presented by Herbert W Smith, January 16, 2011

My parents moved to Oklahoma when I was three. There were four of us, all girls, growing up together. I have one sister, Vivian, who is 16 months older than I and my parents also raised two of my cousins, Dorcas and Jerrie, who were near the ages of my sister and I. Their parents had died when they were small. We had a lot of fun growing up together.

We attended the Missionary Baptist Church and were in Sunday School most Sundays. We received a lot of good scriptural teaching and I accepted the Lord when I was 12.

The Nazarene Church came to Anadarko in the summer between my Junior and Senior years in High School. My mother had visited a Nazarene Church with my aunt while they were having a revival in another city the summer before. When they pitched a tent and started a revival in our town, they put out flyers all over town and Mother recognized the ladies trio. They were the same ones she had heard before in that other revival and she wanted to go and hear them again. Our family was very interested in music and we were involved in trios and quartets in High School. My sister and I along with one of my cousins had our own trio at the time.

We went to the meeting and heard out first sermon on sanctification -heart cleansing-total commitment and the infilling of the Holy Spirit. We were all impressed and we discussed the message on the way home. Mother decided to invite the evangelist and the trio over for dinner and have him explain the experience more fully. They came and quoted scriptures to us. My older cousin had already left for college, but my sister, my younger cousin and I all went forward to the altar that night. We dedicated our lives and made a complete commitment to the Lord. I had never been challenged before to give myself completely to the Lord and to put Him first in my life. That was the beginning of my spiritual growth. I was enjoying this close relationship with the Lord so much that I decided I wanted to be a part of this church.

They organized the Nazarene Church that summer and my cousin and I became charter members. My sister joined about a month later. She had been very involved in our Baptist Church. Then about five months later, my mother joined.

I met Mendell, as he has already told you, when he came down to our Home Mission Church with a group from the college at Bethany. My sister and I went to Southern Nazarene University the next year.

Mendell and I dated for about two years before we were married. God has been good to us. We have two sons, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. We have been active in the church wherever we have lived. We lived in Wichita, Kansas the first 11 years, 16 years in California before moving to Colorado in 1970. Mendell directed the choir and worship service in Canoga Park, California, for nine years and a teen choir for five or six years. We have been involved in other choirs. I worked with children's departments, in Sunday School and directed Vacation Bible Schools for 16 years. Then I became involved in World Mission and served as missionary president in three different churches.

We have had to slow down because of Mendell's health and one of our main ministries now is intercessory prayer. We continually pray for our sons and their families. I'm still involved in Christian Women's Club as prayer advisor and have directed some of their Bible studies, a ministry I really enjoy. I have been working with them for several years. God is good. Both of our boys are active in their respective churches. Mendell treats me like a Queen most of the time.

The resources I have in Christ are wonderful. He can lift us above the circumstances and struggles of life and fill us with His peace. The commitment of my life is always to love Him and serve Him.

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A story of Mendell and Sevilla Smith

Sevilla and her sister Vivian

Sevilla and her sister Vivian enrolled in college at Bethany in the spring of 1920. Sevilla and Mendell were soon engaged and were married in the Church of the Nazarene at Anadarko. They spent their honeymoon in El Dorado, Kansas.

Immediately after their honeymoon trip they returned to Bethany and set out with an evangelist, Rev. D. B. Murphy, for a revival in Oklahoma. Mendell led the music and gave “chalk talks.” Mendell and Sevilla sang duets which he accompanied his accordion.

They moved to Wichita, Kansas, in January, 1942, where he had been hired as an engineer for Beech Aircraft Corporation. Those were war times but they fared nicely in a little one room apartment with orange crate cupboards covered with chintz curtains until they could find something better. Mendell was quickly advanced until he became assistant project engineer for two Beechcraft airplanes (Model 18 and the Twin Bonanza) and supervised about 35 engineers. During this time he studied Aeronautical Engineering at Wichita State University.

Their two sons were born in Wichita. Harry Mendell Jr. was born at St. Francis Hospital on August 19, 1943, and Herbert Wesley was born at Wesley Hospital (now Wesley Medical Center) on February 6, 1946.

In 1953, after the end of World War II, Mendell was laid off from Beechcraft because of cancellation of a large contract and was immediately hired by Lockheed Aircraft Company in Burbank, California, as a design engineer in charge of interior design for two versions of the Lockheed Constellation (1049 & 1649). He also was involved in the design of the P-3A antisubmarine airplane including design of its galley. They moved into a Spanish style house on a hill near Hollywood overlooking the city of Los Angeles. There Harry and Herbert walked about a mile to school, climbing about 100 steps and going down the steepest street (Micheltorena) in Los Angeles. Micheltorena elementary school was at the bottom of that street. While there, Mendell and Sevilla became members of the First Church of the Nazarene in Los Angeles and sang in the choir. Norvie Clift was the youth pastor. He and his wife June became close friends. Mendell and Sevilla would often go to the Clift’s home and have banana shakes and Sevilla and June went shopping together like two sisters.

Less than a year later, Mendell and Sevilla moved to Pasadena which had been their dream. Their friend, Elizabeth Curtis, found them a house in Pasadena that they could rent and which, to them, looked like a mansion. It had several bedroom suites, formal garden, swimming pool and a fruit orchard with all the fruit they could eat. They entertained Mendell’s parents and friends from back east as house guests that summer.

Mendell and Sevilla later bought a contemporary home in the west end of the San Fernando Valley and joined the Canoga Park (now West Valley) Church of the Nazarene where Mendell became the choir director. The church had an excellent teen choir called the Choralaires which not only sang every Sunday evening at the church but also sang at other churches. The Choralaires had distinctive choir robes and there were fifteen to twenty teens in this group which included Mendell and Sevilla’s sons, Harry and Herbert. While Mendell and Sevilla attended this church Mendell was asked to design and draw the plans for their new church building. During the construction of this A-frame building, one of the workmen asked Don Wallace, the general contractor, who in the world is H W S whose initials are on the very top of every one of these beams? “Those initials weren’t there before we raised the beams.” Now, the highest of those beams was 45 feet above the concrete slab below, but it was the daring son, Herb, who had climbed without any kind of gear to put his initials on the highest points of his new church.

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Both Sevilla and Mendell taught Sunday School

Sevilla was director of the Kindergarten department

Both Sevilla and Mendell taught Sunday School and Sevilla was director of the Kindergarten department and for three years was Vacation Bible School director. She also sang in the choir. Mendell sang with the Lockheed Choral Club which participated in various events including a concert with the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra. Sevilla was a member of the Woodlandaires, a semiprofessional ladies chorale, singing in numerous concerts including performances for the noted Ebel Club and at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. She was president of the Woodlandaires for two years.

After working at Lockheed for about eight and one-half years, Mendell left to become Director of Engineering at Burns Aero Seat Company in Burbank, California. His son, Harry, also worked there as a draftsman during summer vacation. About 25 years later when Mendell was called to assist a company in California that was making a bid on crew seats for Lockheed, it was discovered that the drawing from which they were bidding was one Harry had drawn while working at Burns. The other son, Herbert, also worked there part time for the General Manager.

While the Smith’s lived in the San Fernando Valley their parents, Harry and Daisy Smith, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a potluck picnic including a wedding cake and all the trimmings at the city park in Canoga Park with relatives and friends attending.

In 1963 Mendell was employed as a design engineer for Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California, where he had responsibility for all seating design for their DC-8, DC-9, C-9A and DC-10 airplanes. They lived in the nearby community of Rossmore, an unincorporated residential area of homes, schools and a church.

They became members of the Long Beach Church of the Nazarene where the Rev. Ponder Gilliland was pastor. Ponder had been a classmate of Mendell’s at Bethany and he was an exceptional pastor. Sevilla and Mendell both sang in the choir under the direction of the noted Ron Lush. The well known Shoremen Quartet sang every Sunday evening. They organized a singing group of couples called “The Shipmates.” Mendell was the director and they used a variety of music including both classic and contemporary Christian music. Sevilla also sang in a ladies trio known as the “The Waves.” While they were in that church, Sevilla became interested in the work of World Missions and served as Nazarene World Mission Society president for three years.

While living in Rossmore, they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a reception at their home and a trip to Hawaii. Mendell left Douglas in 1969 to design and engineer a new line of personal and corporate aircraft seating for AiResearch Aviation Company in Los Angeles, California.

Mendell and Sevilla moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1970 where he was employed by AMI Industries, Inc. He worked there as Engineering Manager until his retirement in 1984. AMI is a designer and manufacturer of aircraft components--mostly aircraft seating. Design of crew seats for the B-1 bomber and the Space Shuttle were two of Mendell’s responsibilities, he obtained several U.S. patents while there including a design patent for Amtrak passenger seats. After retirement, he was a consultant Designated Engineering Representative (DER) for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Sevilla was Missionary president at both First and Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Colorado Springs and She and Mendell both served on their church boards and sang in their choirs. At Christmas 1979, the choir at Trinity was accompanied by an orchestra consisting of members of the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra directed by the church director. Sevilla was active in the Christian Women’s Club and was president of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary for almost three years. The Women’s Auxiliary is made up of women of all denominations to serve The Salvation Army’s compassionate ministries.

In March of 1977, Sevilla became a Realtor for Care Realty the Gallery of Homes. She also worked for Langford Delay and Colorado Home Brokers until her retirement in 1990.

For several years her six grandchildren, Herb, Shauna, Jeff, David, Melanie and Noelle, flew from California to spend part of their summer vacation with Grandma and Grandpa Smith at their mountain cabin in the Rockies between Woodland Park and Deckers, Colorado. This was adjoining the Pike National Forest, so they had plenty of room to explore and play in an old abandoned log cabin, fish in the ponds, climb on the rocks and go on long hikes. The boys built a fort on the hillside and the girls had their fort under a pine tree near a huge ant hill.

To see more details and pictures of Mendell Smith, go to: http://www.squidoo.com/mendell

Sevilla Smith, Realtor

Sevilla Smith, Realtor
Sevilla Smith, Realtor

Our mountain cabin

Our mountain cabin
Our mountain cabin

Sevilla and Harry

Sevilla and Harry
Sevilla and Harry
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Testimony of Herbert W. Smith

Trust in the Lord with all thy heart, and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6

I had always loved the Lord from being impressed with my parent's commitment, prayers and teachings. Finally, after hearing hundreds of

messages and appeals to accept Jesus into my heart, when I was four years old, I made the big decision. I was sitting on some lady's lap in the children's meeting in a tent with sawdust on the floor at camp meeting in Beulah Park in Wichita, Kansas. The leader had showed us the "Big Book" of the story of salvation with big white pages, black pages, red pages and ending with a big gold page. I wanted to follow Jesus like Mom and Dad. I wanted my sins forgiven and to go to heaven. I jumped off the lady's lap, and went forward to kneel at the altar and give my life to Jesus.

When I was expecting our first son I was working at the Nazarene Publishing House in Kansas City. I realized I could not afford to pay for the hospitalization and delivery bills and couldn't afford to pay the costs of living with another mouth to feed. I prayed that God would allow my boss to either give me a raise (which I felt I well deserved) or to give me more hours. At the time I was working 32 hours a week and attending full time grad school at Nazarene Theological Seminary. I prayed all the way to work and went before my boss. I gave him my request, and he said, "I'm so glad you stopped by because I have been meaning to talk to you."

I was so excited thinking God had already answered my prayer and my boss was already thinking of promoting me or giving me a raise. "We realize that we don't need anyone in your position now and so you will be terminated as of this Friday."

I cried all the way home, reminding God that he must have misunderstood my prayer! I stopped by the seminary to check in with the employment office, but feeling extremely discouraged, and very "wronged" by God. The clerk told me that the positions were probably already filled, but that GM was hiring some employees to try to avoid a strike. I drove over to GM and to my surprise, I was offered a job on the spot. I was to start that very night, and at over three times the salary I had been making at the publishing house. To top this all off, the strike occurred anyway.

When Herby was born, I was working at the post office and they said they didn't cover maternity unless I had been working there before my wife became pregnant. I was sure I had no job at GM because I was only hired to avoid a strike (which occurred anyway) and so they wouldn't want me back after the strike. The day I had to pass the mail scheme test or lose my job at the post office I was woefully in trouble. The scheme would have been hard for anyone to learn, but for someone with a new baby, a full time job and a full schedule of classes in grad school, I was certain to fail this test. As I sat praying and studying the mail cards, discouraged and frustrated, the phone rang. It was GM saying the strike was over and would I report for work that night. "WOULD I?" I called the post office, gave my resignation and headed back to the GM assembly line.

A fellow employee said I should ask about maternity coverage, but I was too embarrassed to ask such a presumptive question, since I was a brand new employee, and wasn't even working there when Herby was born. But I reluctantly fought back my fear and went to the office thinking I would be laughed out of there. To my surprise they fully paid the doctor and hospital bills. The full cost I paid for Herby's birth and hospital charges was $11.00 for phone calls to the new grandparents.

So, God proves himself in wonderful ways, but not always as fast as we would like, and not always in the ways we would like. I was crying out to God about his unfairness during the very time He was leading me to a much better place. Trusting is essential not because things are going great, but because it is required. Trust in the Lord with all thy heart, and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6

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A Significant Influence on My Life

Mom's prayers heard by me have sustained me in my hours of struggle. -- Testimony of Herbert W. Smith

I should add the significant influence on my life of coming home after school on many afternoons and hear talking coming from mom's room. I wondered who was in there until I got near the door and realized that she was talking to God. Her sincere pleas for help for all her friends and family and her pleas for her commitment and faithfulness to be acceptable were always on my mind as I slipped on into my room with a sense of the presence and power of God. Knowing what a true and genuine relationship with God could be through her will stay with me for the rest of my life. Her prayers heard by me have sustained me in my hours of struggle-during my hours of doubt-because I confirmed back then before God that I would develop the same trust and faith and devotion to Him.

Wonderful Peace

lyrics by Warren D. Cornell

Far away in the depths of my spirit tonight Rolls a melody sweeter than psalm

In celestial like strains it unceasingly falls O'er my soul like an infinite calm

Peace, peace, wonderful peace, Coming down from the Father above

Sweep over my spirit forever I pray, In fathomless billows of love.

What a treasure I have in this wonderful peace, Buried deep in the heart of my soul,

So secure that no power can mine [take] it away While the years of eternity roll.

Peace, peace, wonderful peace, Coming down from the Father above

Sweep over my spirit forever I pray, In fathomless billows of love.

I am resting tonight in this wonderful peace, Resting sweetly in Jesus' control;

For I'm kept from all danger by night and by day, And His glory is flooding by soul.

Peace, peace, wonderful peace, Coming down from the Father above

Sweep over my spirit forever I pray, In fathomless billows of love.

And me-thinks when I rise to that city of peace, Where the Author of peace I shall see,

That one strain of the song which the ransomed will sing In that heavenly kingdom shall be:

Peace, peace, wonderful peace, Coming down from the Father above

Sweep over my spirit forever I pray, In fathomless billows of love.

Ah! Soul, are you here without comfort or rest, Marching down the rough pathway of time?

Make Jesus your Friend ere the shadows grow dark. Oh, accept this sweet peace so sublime.

Peace, peace, wonderful peace, Coming down from the Father above

Sweep over my spirit forever I pray, In fathomless billows of love.

This comment was made by Herb Smith:

I especially like the last verse which is indicative of the era in which the song was written, it was the revivalist period of Pentecostal history when every song and every service was a call to accept Jesus as the answer to life's troubles. So after talking about the peace that he has, the author, of course, invites everyone to enjoy the same peace in the midst of life's "rough pathway of time."

The Salvation Army's compassionate ministries - Tthe Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary

Sevilla was active in the Christian Women's Club and was president of the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary for almost three years. The Women's Auxiliary is made up of women of all denominations to serve The Salvation Army's compassionate ministries.

Photo of Herb and Baby Atticus

Photo of Herb and Baby Atticus
Photo of Herb and Baby Atticus

Stories from H Mendell Smith

This is a little lengthy, but I think you will like it

We were introduced to Janine Tartaglia by Elizabeth Curtis several years ago, and we have personally known Rev. Lee, pastor of Pasadena first Church of the Nazarene, for many years. Today this article appeared in Reflecting God.

The peace Jesus offers is more than an absence of trouble. It is divine “shalom,” an abiding rest that lives within the believer through the presence of the Holy Spirit.

I witnessed this peace in Pastor Earl and Hazel Lee. Their son Gary was hostage in Iran for 444 days. I was the NBC reporter assigned to cover the Lee family. To my amazement, they displayed a peace I had never seen before. Their witness was tested when I invited them to see a video of the American hostages. It was a heart-wrenching experience, even more devastating when the tape ended without any greeting from Gary. Earl and Hazel gripped each other. Where was their son?

As I led them to their car, Pastor Earl did something that conveyed the reality of God’s peace. He sang to me an enduring simple song: “Did anybody tell you, ‘I love you today?’ . . . God loves you and I love you and that’s how it should be.”

Soon, I sought God’s forgiveness and invited Him to be the Lord of my heart. When the hostages were released, Gary was among them. He came home a free man. And I emerged from the story a free woman, captivated by a God-given peace that can and will persevere in the darkest hour.

—Janine Tartaglia Metcalf, now a pastor in El Cajon, California

The picture you see above is of Rev. Earl Lee with Sevilla Smith, taken at Schroon Lake, New York

Janine Tartaglia Metcalf - Youth Workers Guide and other Nazarene Publications

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Janine Tartaglia-Metcalf served several years as a television news reporter in California. She is now a minister in the Church of the Nazarene.She is a frequent speaker on spiritual formation in workshops, retreats, revivals, and college conventions.
Janine Tartaglia-Metcalf served several years as a television news reporter in California. She is now a minister in the Church of the Nazarene.
Janine Tartaglia-Metcalf served several years as a television news reporter in California. She is now a minister in the Church of the Nazarene.
She is a frequent speaker on spiritual formation in workshops, retreats, revivals, and college conventions.
She is a frequent speaker on spiritual formation in workshops, retreats, revivals, and college conventions.

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Janine Tartaglia-Metcalf

Janine Tartaglia-Metcalf served several years as a television news reporter in southern California. She is now an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, and adjunct professor at Nazarene Theological Seminary, and evangelist. She is a frequent speaker on spiritual formation in workshops, retreats, revivals, and college conventions.

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Praise God for AUNT PECKIE, we will miss her- we pray for all the family may our Lord Jesus's peace with you all...

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      Smitty 6 years ago from Arizona

      This note is from CeCi:

      Hi Sweet âFriendsâ, Thanks for your sweet words about Harry's mom. She had a fungus in her left lung for the last two years that she got in California. The doctors had been treating it and it has improved just a little. Then the last couple of months, after Harry's dad passed away in April, she began having problems with low red blood count. She'd been in and out of the hospital several times, getting several units of blood only to return a week later. They finally found the problem and had been giving her Prednisone for it. Then she caught pneumonia in that same left lung. It looked like the antibiotics would take care of it but she took a turn for the worse and never recovered.

      We had a chance to call her at the hospital a week ago Monday and talk with her, prior to her becoming unresponsive. It was great to tell her we loved her and hear her voice. She was very glad we had called, but it was so difficult for her to talk and try to breathe too.

      Then Tuesday she became pretty unresponsive most of the time. Shauna and Shaela flew in to Colorado Springs Tuesday night and the next night we got a Skype call from her. She was in Mom's room with her computer on and she turned it so we could see Mom. She was quiet, unresponsive, and very peaceful. It gave us one last chance to see her and to say our goodbyes and then she left this earth and joined heaven's choir on Saturday morning. She is now whole and dancing on those streets of gold and worshiping the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Oh what joy!!!

      It was her desire to be cremated so there is not a rush to have her memorial service. We will have it after we return for Christmas. We already have our flights. We fly into LA on December 14 and will have to spend the night at a hotel near the airport because we have a very early flight into Phoenix the next morning. We'll take three days to get over jet lag then drive to California on the 18th to have an early Christmas with my family. We'll drive back to Surprise on the 27th of December and stay until we're ready to return to Jakarta. Actually, we'll probably fly into Los Angeles two days before our flight leaves for Jakarta and we'll have the memorial service on one of those two days.

      We're doing pretty well here. Harry's brother and sister in law have taken care of all the details to have Mom's belongings sorted. Some things they are shipping to CA because they are to be distributed to us and the grandchildren. They hired an estate liquidator company who will sell the rest of the furniture and kitchen items and stuff like that. She had a reverse mortgage on her home so once she died, she really didn't own it anymore. There are a lot of details we'll find out when we get back home.

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      Smitty 6 years ago from Arizona

      This message is from Herb and Yvonne Smith:

      We had a memorial to Mom in the Upper Room class on Sunday, and it was

      very special. Yvonne and I said a few words, we thanked the class

      members for their ministry in our parentâs lives, and then several people

      stood to make comments honoring mom. Afterward several said, "even

      though you said there would be no memorial service right away, we sure

      had one this morning." Another said "I don't know what else we could do

      to memorialize Sevilla after this special time" We feel good about

      this time with the class and feel at rest with mom and her memory at

      Trinity Church of the Nazarene.