Bibbons, Evelyn Skillings (Mrs. Jeffery C.)

6/21/1971

EVELYN SKILLINGS BIBBONS
-1971
 
Mrs. Evelyn Skillings Bibbons, daughter of the Joseph and Louise Miller Skillings, be-loved wife of Rev. Jeffery C. Bibbons, mother of Jeffreda Antoninette Bibbons, died June 21, 1971, in New Orleans, La.
We stand at the threshold of an earthly life transformed into the Spiritual being of excel-lent peace. We survey the passing years from the vantage of this ending, so peaceful, so se-rene, so quiet; as these qualities were typical of her life. We remember Evelyn Skillings as a faithful servant who walked in the truth of God, sharing the secret of the Psalmist who declared, “There is none like thee among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like thine . . teach me Thy way, O Lord, that I may walk in thy truth.” For her truth was not the terminus of a search, it was the way of walking and earthly pilgrimage that led to a faithful wife, a loving mother, and a capable worker in her church.
She achieved some eternal greatness in the way she ran this “rat-race” from which many withdraw. Though she was battle weary, her body weakened by a failing heart, she never asked to be withdrawn from the battle until her body could no longer permit her to continue. It was then that she laid her armor down, having finished her course, having fought a good fight, and slept away to meet her God and eternal rest.
“Servant of God, well done!
Thy Glorious warfare’s Past
The Battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.”
We therefore commend her to the Keeping of Our Heavenly Father, and strive to meet her in that Holy Place where parting will be no more.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1972; p. 143 By J. C. Bibbons