December 14, 1926 – December 29, 2020
Maebelle Jessup Lord went to sleep and woke up in heaven on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister who dearly loved God and her family. She was born on December 14, 1926 in Gulfport, Mississippi to Walter Byron and Maud Stribling Jessup. She was the last of nine children. Maebelle was saved at an early age and was baptized by her minister father in the Assembly of God church. She attended school in several states before graduating from high school in Gulfport in 1943 at age 16. She held several clerical jobs including at the Gulfport Army Air Base before joining her family in the Jessup Brothers Evangelization Team, singing and playing the piano and vibraharp, across the US. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University in 1951, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
In 1951, she married Charles Edward (Chuck) Lord in Wakita, Oklahoma and they were blessed with six children. They resided in the Oklahoma City area, first in Bethany and Warr Acres, moving to Midwest City in 1964. She worked for World Neighbors until starting her family, later serving as secretary for her husband Charles' electrical contracting business and as office secretary for the Carl Albert school system until 1984. Maebelle was a servant leader in her church, teaching Sunday school and Girl’s Auxiliary, active in Womens Missionary Union and singing in the choir at both Tulakes Baptist Church and Meadowood Baptist Church, where she was a charter member. She and Chuck had 54 years of happy marriage until his death in 2005.
Maebelle was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles, son William Dennis and eight siblings, brothers Walter, Robert, Charles, Jimmy, Darrell, Byron, and Ted Jessup and sister Rachel Hindman. She is survived by children Bonnie (David) Renfro, Asheboro NC, Melanie (Darryl) Turner, Clarksville TN, Charles (Christie) Lord, Silver City NM, Richard Lord, Hurley NM and Janet (Jeff) Brown, Newalla, OK. She has 11 grandchildren, Katherine (David) Ingersoll, Richard Renfro, Christopher Turner, Matthew (Elizabeth) Turner, Hannah (Brad) Cotan, Sarah (Christian) Newlands, Bethany (Jeremy) Ruhl, Emma Lord, Margaret Lord, Ashley Brown, and Tara Brown. And she is survived by six great-grandchildren with one on the way, Jack Ingersoll, Genevieve and Holiday Turner, and Emlyn, Killian, and Kinsley Ruhl.
Maebelle lived her final years in Lebanon, Tennessee near her daughter Melanie. She remained an inspiration, prayer warrior, and sweetheart to her family and all who were touched by her gentle spirit, strong faith and helping hand. The family wishes to thank the entire team at The Pavilion Senior Center for their steadfast and excellent care for Maebelle and their affection and love for her especially during the last 10 months when visits were restricted.
In 2001, Maebelle was asked to name her proudest moment when preparing to celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary. She said, “The exact moment when I realized that all our children have a desire to serve others.” Her legacy of service and love will continue to transform lives.
She will be buried at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens located at 8701 Northwest Expressway in Oklahoma City following a graveside service with immediate family, conducted by Pastors Charles Lord and Darryl Turner. A memorial and celebration service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made in Maebelle’s memory to First Baptist Church of Silver City Missions Fund, 2300 N. Swan St, Silver City, NM 88061.
January 2, 2021
Our mother was a remarkable woman of faith, love, and godliness. She was a woman of prayer, giving, and patient. Here's a photo of her and her children who are living from about 15 years ago. She was married to Charles Edward Lord for over 50 years, and was a hard working, caring, and gentle lady. She is with the Lord, and she was looking forward to our heavenly home every day. I love her very much, and thank the Lord for her influence, love, and help throughout my life. Your son, Charles