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1933 Wanda 2021

Wanda Larue Sipes

July 13, 1933 — February 11, 2021

Obituary Wanda Larue Sipes was born July 13, 1933, in Wood River, Illinois, and died February 11, 2021, at her home in Mesquite, Texas. She was preceded in death by husband William F. Sipes, her mother and father, three of her brothers, an infant sister, and grandson Sean Craig Sipes. She is survived by children Kathy Cotterell, Kevin Sipes, Kent Sipes, and Kirk Sipes, grandchildren Kristin, Kyle, Keith, Zane, Toby, Aaron, and Megan, as well as several great-grandchildren. Wanda Sipes – Life and Ministry Wanda Larue Sipes was a pastor’s wife for nearly 60 years, happily supporting her husband, William F. Sipes, as he led churches in the Midwest and Texas. She raised four children, helped influence eight grandchildren, and was blessed to see five great-grandchildren. After her husband’s death, she led a group for widows that met in her home each month. Her children were with her in her final hours, at her home of many years. You’re Invited to the Reunion! by Kent Sipes Mama is gone from this world, joining many others, like our Dad, a nephew I hardly got to know, a couple of sainted grandmothers, my favorite aunt, and several old friends. I’ve noticed that, the older I get, the more folks I have “on the other side”. But my family and I fully expect to be reunited with these folks, and we don’t expect the time to be very long. Whether by rapture or by death, our time on this world is always short. And that’s OK, because we’re not designed to live in these dying bodies, in this broken world, forever. We’re built for a forever home, with bodies and minds that don’t break down, in a life without pain, fear, loneliness, or separation. We are designed to be in perfect unity with the Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer of the universe, and to be fully known by a huge family. I’m part of a big family; some by birth, and some by second birth. Either way, we’re blood relatives. If you’re attending this service, or maybe reading this later, you are invited to the family, and the amazing family reunion! You join this family in only one way – trusting the sacrifice Jesus made to pay for the sin with which we’re all born, to clean your heart and make you acceptable to God, and by committing your whole life to Him. The Bible says that all of Heaven rejoices when one person comes to the family of God, and Mama is now part of that “great cloud of witnesses”. And you can do that right here, right now – just tell Jesus that you trust your whole life to Him, you need His forgiveness, and you want Him to be in charge. I can’t think of anything that would make Mama happier, or honor her life more than you joining the family on this occasion. Join the family, and get your ticket to the reunion!
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