Our purpose to day is to thank God for a loving warm and generous woman, Mina Whybourne. Mina served the Lord with all that she was and all that she had. I know that all of us gathered here today already know that, but part of Mina's ministry was to serve with the Mothers' Union promoting Christian Marriage and Family Life both within this parish and community of Caringbah and across the whole of Sydney Diocese.
I first met Mina more than thirty years ago. At the time I had a young family and was involved with the Mothers' Union in my parish. Mina along with Marie Robinson greatly encouraged and virtually took me under their wings. We in MU often remind each other of the verses in Titus chapter 2 starting at verse 3 'Likewise teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that noone will malign the word of God. Mina was one of those older women to me.
She led me in many directions prompting me to take up speaking engagements and arranging many of them, even events out side MU. I remember with great sadness, when Mina was in charge of what we then called Deaneries (1983-1986), she asked me to do the Bible Talk at our diocesan gathering. It is so vivid in my memory because whilst there news came that Mina's husband was tragically killed. That drew us even closer. After all that sadness Mina continued to contribute greatly to MU becoming Diocesan Secretary (1986-1989) and later Vice President (1989-1992). In both those rolls she gave us all so much. I remember, particularly, the long hours and many days a week she spent in the MU office providing a wonderful service to members and supporting Marie Robinson who was our President.
Mina cared for many younger women. People from here have told me how she intentionally sought out such women to mentor and encourage them. I understand she identified the gifts of Pauline Burdon along with so many others. She frequently sent me cards and notes and I especially remember when I turned fifty she gave me a subscription to Ita magazine. I thought I was really trendy then. Let me read to you a little from the note she sent me in August. I remembered you in prayer especially on the 27th (my wedding anniversary) and will be thinking of you all on Council Day – I have such wonderful memories of MU Council. The Southern Region Afternoon Tea organised by Pauline was such a joyous occasion. I had a lovely time meeting so many old friends and the speakers were excellent.
Both the women who work in the Mothers' Union shop in the city told me how much they would miss Mina. Neither had ever met her because they have only been employed for a couple of years, but they loved chatting with her as she rang to order cards regularly.
I know Mina was passionate about her church and every aspect of ministry She had a heart for Mission and I know personally, as well as through the parish, she supported many missionaries and their families. Mina devoted herself to the local branch of MU in fact she was President and Secretary at different times. June Clover told me that 60 years ago when she was new to the parish, Mina invited her to come to MU. Mina was busy making sure everything was running properly so when the speaker arrived she asked June, who was so new, to greet her because she said you have your hat and gloves on. June said that is one of her lasting memories. Mina was always making sure people were looked after. There has been a wonderful group of women surrounding Mina because she was such a great friend.
Mina's life was all about serving the Lord Jesus. She chose to honour Him in every aspect of her life, in the difficult sad times as well as with her children and grandchildren whom she loved so much and her friends. We will all miss her terribly. She has enriched us with her Godly life and example, her love and her servant heart and we will thank God that she was part of our lives always.
Mina depended on the Lord completely and she would want me to say To God be the Glory.
Vice President MU Sydney
30 October 2015
Mina died on Friday 23 October 2015 and Jan gave this eulogy at her funeral at St Philip's Anglican Church Caringbah on Friday 30 October 2015.