Primrose Weir's Funeral Service - June 6, 2004

For some of you who would have liked to be at Auntie Prim's service today, June 6, 2004, we want to share a little of the deep impressions made while they are fresh upon our hearts.

 

It is now 3:41, and Joel Boyd has been playing hymns on the piano since we arrived and viewing began here at the school at 3 o-clock. All viewing was either yesterday or before the service today, as the casket will be closed at the end of the service. Prim looks so at peace, the wrinkles all smoothed away, and dressed in a very becoming simply designed turquoise blue suit. The casket of either a light mahogany or oak, of almost a copper coloring, with white satin lining is elegant in it's simplicity. Folded on it's foot, in place of a casket spray, is our American Flag in honor of her service to our nation. To the left of the casket is a heart shaped spray made by some of the friends with 'Beloved Companion' on the ribbon; and next to it a spray from the California. Staff of glads and roses; and at the foot of

the casket is a spray of white glads, lilies, and red carnations, with ribbon reading 'Our beloved Sister,' and in front of the casket is a bundle of wheat standing upright with ribbon reading, "Wherever you ripe fields behold ...waving to God it's sheaves of gold...."

 

The auditorium seating is a wide center section with a fairly wide right and left section of seating facing the stage. Piano and chairs for those officiating in the service is on the stage....casket and floral pieces on the floor just in front of the stage.

 

In the first row from right to left is Auntie Gladys, Bill and JoAnn, Jeanne and Jim, Erlene Logwood; Kathy Welch and Kathy's parents (Kathy's Mother being a daughter of Irvine Weir).

 

On the second row is seated Bill and JoAnn's Weir's daughter Helen and family; Dave and Gladys; Jack and Nancy Paddon; and Bill and Loretta Wait and Viola F.

 

The first three rows on the right side are sister workers, and the rest of us are behind the family; with brothers who aren't ushering seated on the left side of center.

 

Ushers are: Kevin Gifford, John Parish, Ken Beckman, Jeff Gillie, Steve Peirson.

Pallbearers: Jim Tisdale, Greg Olson, Eric Kuo, Bill Brown and Mike Reed.

 

It is nice to see at least four of the girls who have cared for our workers at Creekside present for the service.

 

Lois Austin: Obituary and Prayer

 

Lori Layman: "We hardly know how to put into words Auntie Prim's influence on all of our lives. There are some verses that I read in Romans 16:l and 2, Paul is speaking, "I commend unto you Phoebe............Auntie Prim was a help, was an aid, was a comfort and a succourer for myself and of many and also of many who can't be here today. She was a succourer of so many. Paul could say, "And that of myself, also." All of us have had very beloved experiences with our Auntie Prim. I was with her my 4th year in the work, and I had the privilege of being with her at preparations in my years in Arizona. She was beginning to get unable, but I don't remember ever feeling more safe with anyone than I felt with Auntie Prim. The reason being for the manner in which she served, and the first reason because of

her constant obedience to the God of Heaven. It was evident that it was the Spirit of God that led her enabling her to be an aid and a comfort to so many. I appreciate that before she was ever called by our nation to be a comfort and a help to the soldiers during WWII, she heard another call and she obeyed that call to be a comfort and a help to the souls of mankind. She heard that call and answered with her life; and then when our nation called she heeded that call. Only

heaven knows the men she comforted those years she was in the service of our Country and the comfort she was to those young solders during those years. After that she was a comfort to so many men and women, boys and girls. The other day as we sat around her bedside, and Gladys was there, and she was remembering their days together as sisters, as sisters in Christ, and as sisters in the yolk together. "We have had the greatest privilege anyone could have in life in carrying the

gospel seed." It 's a wonderful privilege to know those who are using their lives in this manner. These last years she has been unable to carry the Gospel seed as far as being in a mission and with a companion, but when Paul wrote, "You just remember her and assist her in any way"... There are so many homes represented here because of hearts and homes being opened by the gospel story. These last years she was so lovingly cared for because of all she's meant to us. We are thankful today that we have the privilege of walking among such a people. We would like God to use us to be a succourer of others, as well. May God help us to submit so that our lives, also, could be useful and poured out for others as hers has been.

 

Andrea Gronley: I also don't know how to express my privilege of having a Godly influence in my life, and enjoying fellowship with lives that are so rich in the spirit and nature of Christ. I was thinking of Paul's letter to Titus. He said in giving advice, "Teach the aged woman that they should be teachers of good things." I just feel grateful that as we have just been hearing, the privilege of knowing lives that show that teaching which is safe and Godly; and they are teaching what will make us happy in this life and in that which is to come beyond the grave. Jesus said in Matthew 5: in the 19th verse, "Whosoever shall do and teach these things shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven." We had the privilege of sitting with Prim last week and as the different nurses would come in, I just found myself wanting to explain to them how great this woman was, so that they could care for her in the way we wanted. She was getting good care, but I just wanted them to know what a comfort and help she had been to our soldiers and sailors and just everyone; and yet there was no way we could convey that to them. I would tell them a little bit; but I just felt it really doesn't matter. Prim wouldn't have been considered great in the world. Her death wasn't on the front page today as with our President, and his, rightly so. Prim didn't consider herself great. In one of her messages I remember her saying, "I am not great, but God's work is great," and there isn't one person in heaven who considered themselves great. Jesus knew, as He said, "My father is greater then all." Prim didn't consider herself great, but she had

the great mark of humility. As Paul wrote, the greatest work any of us could have is to have the love of God in our hearts. I am sure we all felt this was something that filled Prim's life. This was not a natural love, but a love that was greater than that, that moved her to give all her life for the sake of the souls of mankind; and I feel for myself that part of the reason that I have the privilege of enjoying the place with God's people is because of the Weir family. Our mother told us and we have heard from others also, that when the gospel came to our little town, there was no one there who had received the gospel. Yet the workers came, and they had a batch in the little town and some of the friends from the Bay area came to be a help to the workers and the Weirs were among them. My grandmother said for the first time she saw what she was reading about in the Bible. She had been seeking and reading the Bible for ten years, and she said for the first time she saw a ministry that loved its people, and a people who loved the ministry. It wasn't just what they heard, it was what they saw even in that. As we read in Titus, "They were teachers of good things." I think one of the most outstanding things to me about Prim was her humility and her disdain of pretense; and her love of being

simply forthright. Her love of doing what she was doing. She was happy. Whenever I think of her I think of a happy person. The greatest happiness that we can ever know, is as Jesus said, "If ye know these things happy are ye if ye do them." I am sure that in our just obeying the gospel call, and in obeying the call to lay down her life for others; just loving to serve others and forgetting herself. She was proving that in doing these things Jesus teaches, brought such liberty and happiness to her. I am grateful that the call she heard to obey Jesus and in each step as she continued to obey Him, just brought an increasing contentment and happiness. For both of these things she will forever be grateful. I want to be a good learner also, and be obedient to the Spirit's leading and the teaching of Christ so that we can enjoy the best now, and all eternity as well.

 

Ten sister workers sang "Dear Lord An Offering I Would Bring."

 

Ed Alexander: There's a verse that has continued to come to my mind in thinking of having a part in this funeral. When I first thought of it, it seemed to be inappropriate for the funeral of one of our sisters; but the more I thought of it the more appropriate it seemed. In Genesis 49: we read of what Jacob had to say of one of his sons, "Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens. And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed

his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute." I feel like this verse sums up very nicely my feelings regarding Aunty Prim. Two things in this verse are very outstanding. The first is balance, and the second is a willingness to labor. I was thinking of my years with Aunty Prim, and working together in the work of the gospel and also at preps. First of all, the marvelous balance in her life. The balance of the natural, the willingness to do whatever needed to be done and doing it happily; and also the  balance necessary in laboring and caring for the souls of God's people, both naturally and spiritually. It is a wonderful testimony Jacob could give of Issachar. He also knew that rest was good. He didn't just flop over! He understood that rest is only valid when it follows labor. Because he saw that rest was good, he bowed his shoulder to bear. He bore the burden. It seems it's just part of human nature to be an extremist and imbalanced; and yet I deeply appreciate those that have given me an example in this. I loved working with her at preps, I was thinking of some of the times I followed her in a field. Maybe not immediately, but perhaps four or six years later. Never did I follow her into a field but what she was deeply appreciated for the influence she left. I well remember a

comment of one of our friends, "This is Prim country!" This was about nine years after Prim had been there, but because of her willingness to bend her shoulder to bear, it brought this wonderful balance into her ministry. I was thinking of a couple other things regarding this rest she has entered into. Paul wrote in Hebrews 4, "There belongeth a rest to the people of God. Let us labor therefore to enter into this rest lest any of you should come short of it." This is a different rest. This is a rest that comes when we are willing to cease from our own ideas and plans and resting in God's will and in whatever He has planned. I wasn't around, obviously, when Aunty Prim was going through that struggle, and I never really heard about Prim's struggle; but I have every confidence that this was true; because it is still a

struggle to lay aside our own thoughts and our own agenda and resign our will to God's. That's a wonderful rest. A rest those of us in the ministry enter into when we turn our back on our own plans, and surrender to the plans of God for our lives. These rests come during the course of our life. Then there is a rest that comes at death. In Revelation 6:9 thru verse ll, "And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, 'How long, O Lord, holy and true'... and white robes were given unto every one of them, and it was said unto them that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed, as they were, should be fulfilled. This is speaking of those who have gone on to be with God, and others are still on the earth. Jesus told the same story when Lazarus died and the rich man died. He still had five brothers here on the earth. This time until the end of the word is a time of rest. Not unconsciousness, but it says they had conversation with God, but it was a time of rest. About two years ago, someone asked me what heaven is like. It was a young person. I tried to explain a little, and he said, "It sounds boring to me, just to be sitting around and resting." Since then I have realized heaven is not all rest. Heaven is laboring and serving and praising and doing what we love to do forever when we have come to love the will of God, with no weariness and no human weakness. I have just enjoyed these thoughts, and I have been so grateful for the memories of our sister, and I hope it might help us to be faithful in our own place so that at the close of our lives we might enter into this rest.

 

Dick Middleton:  I am very happy to have the privilege of sharing a few thoughts today and in memory of  our sister Primrose. The presence of so many of you here today is a testimony to the high esteem that you had for her; and is also a confirmation to the testimony of her own companions who lived with her and those who knew her the best. We all know that she had a human nature like we all do. We might dwell on that and wonder how we can have such faith in her future well being. I was reading what Paul wrote, "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." You might wonder how he could have so much confidence that this reward was laid up for him. It's because God doesn't expect us to be perfect. To the very end, our hope comes through the blood of Jesus and the sacrifice He has made for our sin. That is our only hope; but that hope is held out to some people, not to everyone. You might wonder what makes the difference. There's not much difference in human nature. Human nature is the same in all of us, and it's the same after we become God's people. God doesn't call people to be His children because they have a human nature that's nicer then other people, or that it would be easier for them to do His will. I have had friends who comforted themselves by the fact they just couldn't please God. They would say they couldn't make themselves believe. They just didn't believe they could possibly live to please God. I agree with that. None of us have the power to make ourselves believe. But there are some things we can do to help contribute to this faith that we need. In Jeremiah 29, God said, "Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." We don't have the power to make ourselves believe, but we do have the power to search for God, and God can know how serious we are in our search when we search with our whole heart to find him. If we search for Him with our whole heart, we can find him. That's easy enough, is it not? Another thing that is within our reach is to be willing to listen. Giving our ear so that the Lord can speak. Psalm 50:1, "The mighty God, even the Lord, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof." God has always been speaking, trying to reach man. Maybe we can't make ourselves believe, but we can make ourselves willing to listen, and faith comes by hearing; and hearing by the word of God.  When we look at creation, and the marvelous balances and counter balances of it all, we can't even begin to comprehend how it came into being. Down through the ages, man has been trying to understand the creation and they cannot even understand the workings of the human body. Just think of the wisdom that it took to create it all in the first place. This is the Creator that has spoken down through the ages to mankind. He is also speaking through human beings. He loves to speak through human instruments, but sometimes He hasn't had anyone to speak through and He has used an angel. God is not stymied. It is those that are willing to listen that are going to acquire faith. I think of a man who had gotten into old age and he really wanted to believe, but he had never been able to.  The time finally came when he got serious enough to listen, and he was able to find what he had been looking for and he even surprised himself how much he enjoyed having life and being able to pray and having fellowship with those who live for things of eternal value. These are things that we can take out with us into eternity. Not every

person does, but it's still a wonderful thing when people find this before they die. We like to think of the message Prim carried through the gospel; and the love for it that caused her to devote her life to it. We understand this is the way Jesus spent his life. Jesus came from heaven, and He was the key to every part of this, and because of this He devoted His whole life just trying to share with other people these things that meant so much to Him. That life is still speaking to us today, and will continue to, and to a lesser extent Prim's life is going to continue to speak to us, to her family, and others through our memories of her.

 

Congregation sang.

Ed Alexander prayed.


Further Explanations:

RE:  In the first row from right to left is:

Auntie Gladys Weir, sister

Bill and JoAnn Weir, brother

[Note:  Sister Edie and husband Norman deceased]

Jeanne and Jim Phillips, half sister (daughter Harry and Ethyl Wait Weir)

Erlene Logwood, one of the friends

Kathy Welch

Kathy's parents (Kathy's Mother being a daughter of Irvine Weir.) Noel and Kay Paddon

 

On the second row is seated:

Bill & JoAnn's Weir's daughter Helen and family

Dave and Gladys/Christie, nee Weir (daughter Edie Weir)(son of Dave and Emily Christie)

Jack and Nancy Paddon

Bill and Loretta Wait

Viola Friedley, very elderly sister worker