Obituary Notice

Marcella Thomas

Lubbock, Texas – Marcella Evangeline Frisbie Thomas, 76, passed away January 22, 2013 at University Medical Center, Lubbock, Texas.  Memorial service for Mrs. Thomas will be Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Lubbock’s First Baptist Church with pastors, Bobby Dagnel, John Ballard and Ken Draughon officiating.

Marcella was born March 2, 1936 in Hawley, Pennsylvania to Winifred Ramsey Frisbie and William Leslie Frisbie.  She has been a resident of Lubbock, Texas for 45 years.  She married Orlan E. Thomas, Associate Professor of Music Emeritus, Texas Tech University School of Music, August 25, 1962 in Hawley, Pennsylvania.  The couple just celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary this past August.

She was preceded in death by infant daughter Bernita Ruth Thomas, mother and father, brother Walter Frisbie of Hawley, Pennasylvania, sisters, Florence Brown of Hawley, Pa. and Virginia Saunders of Beltsville, Maryland.

Survivors include husband, Orlan E.Thomas of Lubbock, son, Marlan Paul Thomas & daughter in law, Starr of Roswell, New Mexico, twin daughters, Anita Cranford and Jolita Holasek & son in law Jason, both of Norman, Oklahoma, one brother, Arthur Frisbie of Brodheadsville, Penna. as well as ten grandchildren: Austin Cranford, Alexis and Taylor Vance, Tristin and Izabella Holasek, Sierra, Ethan, Autumn, Aiden and Erin Thomas.

She holds a diploma from Philadelphia Biblical University, recently renamed Cairin University, a Bachelor of Music from Houghton College in Houghton, New York in 1961 and the Master of Music degree in Applied Voice from the School of Music, Texas Tech University in 1976. She was a visiting instructor of Voice in the Texas Tech School of Music for one year and taught for six years at Sias International University in Xinzheng, China where she taught oral English, Voice, Music Literature and Art History, the latter two under the auspices of Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas.

She was soprano soloist with Back To The Bible Broadcast out of Lincoln, Nebraska during her 1st two years of marriage and taught public school music for two years in Rochester, New York during her husband’s doctoral study at the Eastman School of Music. Marcella was an integral member of the family music group, “The Thomas Family Musicians” which was begun in 1980 for a partnership mission to Germany and again for the summer of 1981 when the family was asked to return for the entire summer to help begin a new ministry in the neighboring community of Preetz for which the family helped make contacts with their music and helped prepare a building to house the new ministry. She was a charter member of Lubbock Choral and the area Singing Women of West Texas, singing with that group starting in 1994. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church Choir from 1976 until her health prohibited her participation.  She was a composer of sacred songs including “Hymns From the High Places” from poetry of Hanna Hanard and, of special note is the school song she wrote for Sias International University named, “Sias in Our Heart.” Her lady’s-voice choral arrangement of the hymn, “And Can It Be” is in the current repertoire of “The Singing Women” who will present it in her honor at her memorial service.

Marcella was a born-again Christian having accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior at an early age and served Him faithfully all these years.   She served the Lord at First Baptist Church Lubbock for 36 years and is a member of the Jess Stiles Sunday School Department and the Good Samaritan Sunday School Class under the awesome teaching of James Stevenson and Sherry Anderson. Marcella loved working with Internationals which she did for many years at First Baptist Church in a program called, “Touch” (Teaching Others Using Christian Principles) as well as during her time in China where she had awesome opportunities to share the Lord with students. She was instrumental in the writing of a 2-year cycle of Bible studies in simple English for internationals all of which she recorded and had printed in eight quarter booklets for distribution. Her international students were encouraged to use these similtaneously to improve their English as well as to learn God's word.

Special appreciation is expressed to the Southwest Cancer Center of University Medical Center and, Marcella’s oncologist, Dr. Cobos as well as his untiring nurse, Lena Lopez. Also appreciated was the end-time care given in the Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Unit of the University Medical Center by its compassionate and caring nurses. Marcella was a faithful wife and mother and was indeed a trooper, battling Multiple Myeloma cancer for four years from December, 2008.

Mrs. Thomas chose to donate her body to Texas Tech University Health Sciences for Multiple Myeloma cancer research.

The family may be greeted on Saturday evening January 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Emeritus Elmbrook Estates Assisted Living at 5301 66th Street (directly behind Hobby Lobby).

The memorial service will be at First Baptist Church, Lubbock, Tx at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, January 27. The church is at 2201 Broadway, Lubbock 79401. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in her honor to either, First Baptist Church Global Missions Offering at 2201 Broadway, Lubbock, Texas 79401, or The Singing Women of West Texas % Janice Shults Treasurer, 2401 CR 490, Brownfield, Tx. 79316. Anyone wishing to send flowers should have them delivered to the church on Friday the 25th before 5:00 p.m or, directly to the Elmbrook address above. To join the family in alternate celebration of Marcella’s life, please go to website, marcellathomasmemorial.forevermissed.com to leave a message. 

Memorial Service for Marcella Evangeline Frisbie Thomas

Take My Life, and Let It Be, Frances R. Havergal; Congregation
                                                                                                                      Obituary / Prayer, John Ballard 
                                                                                                                          Special Words: Abigail Torres, former Chinese student                            

Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow,
Gloria Gaither;          Congregation                                                                                                   

Special Words:
Son, Marlan Thomas                                                              

Great Is Thy Faithfulness,
Thomas O. Chisholm [Arr. O.Thomas]                Vocal Solo with Oboe Obbligato,                                                                             Randy Parsons, Tenor; Orlan Thomas, Oboe                                                      

My Claim to Salvation in Jesus Christ,
On Screen recorded voice         Speaker: God’s Amazing Grace, John Ballard                                            

Amazing Grace How Sweet the Sound,
John Newton                                  Male Quartet Video/Congregation final verse a cappella

     “When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun,    We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise Than when we first begun.”      

Questions & Truths I Leave With You
: On Screen recorded Voice      Preparation for Eternity, Pastor Bobby Dagnel                                                  

Softly and Tenderly, Jesus Is Calling,
Will L. Thompson [Arr. O. Thomas]  Orlan Thomas, Oboe Solo                                                                              

Gospel Message,
Pastor Bobby Dagnel                                                        

When the Roll is Called Up Yonder
, James M. Black [Arr. O. Thomas]Congregation;  Jon Kraemer, Trumpet                                                        

Precious Lord, Take My Hand,
  Thomas A Dorsey                                         Duet: Randy Parsons and Becky Ray                                                           

Special Words
: Dr. Sarah Harrington, Director, Singing Women of West Texas

And Can It Be
, Charles Wesley, [Arr. Marcella E. Thomas]                          Singing Women of West Texas (Marcella charter member: dating back to 1994) Congregation Sing Repeat of Last Verse:                                                             
“No condemnation now I dread; Jesus, and all in Him is mine! Alive in Him, my living Head, and clothed in righteousness divine.  Bold I approach th’eternal throne And Claim the crown, thro’ Christ my own.  Amazing love! How can it be that thou my God, should die for me"          
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MayLettheRoadRiseMay May the Road Rise to Meet You,  Singing Women of West Texas

Thank you for sharing in this special time of Praise to our God as we’ve celebrated His work through the Life of Marcella
Thomas. 
                                                                                                                             Hallelujah Chorus, Dismissal Music; Congregation Rise                             


Pianist: Larry Landusky, Organist: Ann Apple, Hymn Leader: Ken Draughon

                                                                            

         

My Claim to Salvation in Jesus Christ

 
                  
Marcella Evangeline Frisbie Thomas 3/2/1936 - 1/22/13

                         For enlightenment to those I’ve left behind:

God was my whole “being(Act 17:28-31)!  The life that God gave me was in His Son Jesus (1 John 5:11) and that life I had in His Son rose from my acknowledgement of the Lord Jesus Christ as the unique resurrected Son of God. In reality, the life I lived in the body, I lived by faith in the Son of God whom I believed though I had not seen—‘til now.  My claim to eternal life was based upon the simple but profound fact that I had “acknowledged” Jesus as who He was and as my personal Lord and Savior (John 3:16)“For God so loved the (whole) world that He gave His only son(Jesus), that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life”

The “acknowledgment” of God and his Son as truth is thematic throughout God’s Word, the Gospel of Salvation.  Jesus Christ is at the very core of the Gospel–the Good News of Salvation, thus we call it the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To “acknowledge” Jesus is to place complete trust in whom HE is, as defined in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. 

The most precious possession of my life was the reality of Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. This personal relationship with Jesus in my life came to me as a work of the Holy Spirit, through God’s grace—His favor toward me, though undeserved (Ephesians 2:8-9).  Salvation is a God thing and cannot be conjured up by oneself or on one’s own terms. 

I was a Christian because I came to see myself as God sees me and repented of my sin and acknowledged Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.  I was not a Christian because I was nice; because I was a good person; did good works; prayed; studied the Bible; loved my family and country or, anything else of my own expression. A claim to be Christian cannot be based on one’s own doings or one’s own plan of what it means to be one.

Jesus said, “No man comes to the Father, but through me!” (John 14:6) and, commands us not to lift up any other gods before Him! (Exodus 20:3-6) It is wholly by His grace through faith in His claims that we may be saved from our sin.  That is an Amazing Truth!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

To Adam, God said:

By the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread

Till you return to the ground,

Because from it you were taken;

For you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” * Genesis 3:19

 

“As for man, his days are like grass;

As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

When the wind has passed over it, it is no more,

And its place acknowledges it no longer.

But the loving kindness of the Lord is from

Everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him

And His righteousness to children’s children

To those who keep His covenant,

And who remember His precepts to do them.” Psalm 103:15-18

 

Marcella has requested that her body be donated to medical research at Texas Tech University School of Medicine

After Death, what then?

                      Questions and Truths I Leave With You:

                               1) What Do You Believe About Eternity?

2) And may I ask, what if your belief is wrong?  You need to have the right answer! 

3) Do you realize, eternity is an awfully long time? You need to be sure you’ve got the right answer! 4) There is of course, a 100% chance that you will die, and after that is the judgment!  The Bible tells us that we must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ to give account for what we’ve done with Jesus, God’s Son, His provision for Salvation and, to account for our every deed. [2nd Cor. 5:10]  5) Keep in mind that eternity is forever and ever—a whole lot longer than you will live here on earth!

                                     So, it is important to be prepared!

6) You see, I’d much rather have lived my life believing in the God of Creation, preparing for eternity by repenting of my sin, putting my complete faith & trust in Jesus God’s Son, his plan of salvation [John 3:16]  and be assured a place in Heaven, than to have lived my life believing there is no real God and die to find out that indeed there was, ending up doomed to a Godless eternity in a place the Bible calls hell, that burns with sulfurous fire. [Rev. 21:8]   

7) Jesus said of Himself in John 14:6:

                                    “I am the way, the truth and the life,

                No man comes to God the Father except through Me.” and,

                                     “As surely as I am the living God,

                                  Every knee shall bow before me, and

                 Every tongue will confess that I am God.” [Romans 14:11-12]   

       8) So, as eternity presses upon you, I leave with you this final question:

                                   Will I be seeing you in Heaven? and…..

     9) By the way, if you meet God when you die, what will you say to Him to justify your unbelief?                                                

                                             My Final Testimony:

“It is the reality of the Cross cut deeply into my soul that brings comfort of a final home that awaits me.” (Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Other Gods, p. 183)

I can identify with the songwriter George Matheson who wrote:

O Love that will not let me go,

I rest my weary soul in Thee;

I give Thee back the life I own,

That in Thine ocean depths its flow

May richer fuller be. 

O Cross that lifts up my head,

I dare not ask to fly from Thee’

I lay in dust life’s glory dead,

And from the ground there blossoms red,

Life that shall endless be.

Isaiah 40:8: “The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of God stands forever.”

                            Marcella Evangeline Frisbie Thomas, 2013

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