Wynema Oresia (Slover) Letbetter

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March 6, 1933 Ė August 4, 2002

 

Wynema Oresia (Slover) Letbetter exchanged life on this earth for eternity in heaven on Sunday, August 4, 2002.  The only child of Charles Olan Slover and Nola Buck Slover, Wynema was born in Alex, Oklahoma but grew up in Wilburton, OK.

 

Wynema graduated from Wilburton High School in 1951 and spent some time as a cosmetologist in McAlester before returning to Wilburton in 1954 to attend Eastern Oklahoma State College.  She graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University at Durant in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education.

 

Autumn 1958 saw Wynema starting her first teaching position at Cherry Street Elementary in Wichita Kansas.  Early in 1959 she met a young Baptist preacher, Victor I. Letbetter Jr.  By the time school began that fall the couple was engaged.  Thanksgiving Day of that year began their 42-year relationship built on love and service.

 

Wynema defied medical odds by giving birth to two healthy sons, Charles Irl in 1960 and Victor Leon in 1965.  Staying home to care for her children, Wynema took every opportunity to teach her sons, instilling in them a love of learning.  She was an active participant in all their activities even through college and graduate studies. 

 

Wynema returned to the classroom at Red Oak Elementary in Red Oak, OK in 1980, teaching fourth grade until retiring in 1986 so that she could work along side her husband in his position as Director of Missions for Sans Bois Baptist Association.

 

Wynema eagerly welcomed Penney Powell into the family when she married Charles in 1986 and was equally thrilled when Martha Meador joined the family as Leonís wife in May of this year.

 

The unquestionable highlight of the past ten years was the birth of three grandsons, Zachariah Irl in 1992, Benjamin Lafayette in 1995 and Gabriel Josiah in 1998.  Wynema doted on the boys and enjoyed playing and talking with them, even when their rapid-fire story telling required a lot of translation. 

 

Over the 42 years as a pastorís wife, Wynema gave unselfishly not only to her family but to hundreds of others as well.  Always ready with a hug, she lived by the philosophy that everyone deserved a smile and the chance to share in Godís love.  Wynema was her husbandís tireless companion in churches across Kansas and Oklahoma until his retirement in 1999.

 

Vic preceded Wynema in death on January 31 of this year.  Even after his death, Wynema continued to serve, teaching Sunday School to Assisted Living residents at Okmulgee Baptist Village. 

 

Wynema is survived by her two sons, Charles Irl and wife Penney of Acworth, Georgia, and Victor Leon and wife Martha of Fort Worth, Texas; three grandsons, Zachariah, Benjamin, and Gabriel of Acworth, Georgia; several nieces, nephews, and many, many friends.

 

While we will miss Wynemaís smile and her ever-waiting hug, we can find comfort knowing that she once more has joined Vic praising the God she knew to be real.