Betty Vickers: A Heroine Goes Home
by Steve Hale
How do you define a heroine? The dictionary says she is a woman of “valor, fortitude, or bold enterprise.” Perhpas we should write the major publishing companies to add “Betty Vickers.” Let me explain.
Betty was a lady of valor: incredible personal courage. She face pancreatic cancer with optimism, unselfishness, and an unflinching faith in her God. She said: “God will use me for some good purpose.”
Betty was a lady of fortitude: “strenght of mind to meet unfaltering pain, adversity, or peril.” Even now, we can almost hear her saying: “I’m not going to give-up,” or “I’m going to hang-in there.”
Betty was a lady of bold enterprise: an undertaking. She told me there must be a reason for her circumstance. She confided in me that she hoped the Lord would use her in this trial so that her loved ones would see Christ in her, and perhaps be won, or won back, to Christ. All the dictionary has to say about herioism is defined by two beautiful words: Betty Vickers.
I can remember when we first moved to Mt. Juliet, Cindy and the children became sick. The doorbell rang, and there was a beautiful smiling lady with supper. Betty said: “I just wanted to help you out.” That was just typical of her character.
I miss Betty. Tose of us of her church family miss her and love her dearly. It goes without saying how her family misses her. I do not weep for her today, but for us. This would is a bit coldre and less friendly without her.
But I rejoice for Betty! Betty was a faithful Christian. She is the recipient of some marvelous promises in the Bible. Every faithful Christian is going to heaven. Of heaven, Peter said:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy begat us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who by the power of God are guarded through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. ( I Peter 1:3-5)
Betty is going to a place in the personal presence of God Himself ( Revelation 21:1-4). This is a place where this is direct fellowship with God. This direct fellowship means no more tears, mourning, crying, or pain. No more chemo treatments. No more radiation therapy. No more surgeries. No more diabetes. No more I.V. soltuion..
She will be perfectly protected there by the mighty walls of this city, 144 cubits high (rev. 21:9-20). There will be no need for the sun, or the moon, or a Temple, for the glory of God and the Lamb will be the light and the Temple ( Revelation 21:23, 22). No more unholy or unclean will enter therein ( Revelation 21:26, 27).
She will have no problems eating food from the tree of life, bearing twelve manner of fruit, yielding its fruit each month ( Revelation 22:2). Water will come from the river of water of life ( Revelation 21:26, 27).
So today, let us be sad for ourselves, but happy for Betty. She has gone to a far better place.
Finally she would want me to thank you for the beautiful flowers, food and every expression of kindness. However, the greatest way you could remember this lovely sister is to surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ, put Him on in baptism, and live faithfully in Him ( Acts 2:38, John 15:6, 7). That, for her, would be the great memorial you could give.
[This was the funeral sermon Steve preached August 11, 1991 at the Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in Smithville, Tennessee. Bill Speight, Sr. also spoke at this service.]