Dolores was born on May 7, 1933 in Detroit, Michigan, to the late Ottomar and Frances McKimmy. At the age of 78, after years of fighting the ill effects of diabetes, on January 21, 2012, Dolores went peacefully to sleep loving Jesus with family at her bed side.
Survivors include children: Karla (Jones) Davis of Midland, Gary and Dawn (Jones) Toner of Harrison, Travis Schnepp of Hawaii, Tracey and Patty Schnepp of Midland, John and Peggy Schnepp of Berrien Springs. Step Children, Craig and Barbara (Schnepp) Miller of Twelve Mile Indiana , Bob and Becky (Schnepp) Phillips of Beaverton, Milton and Brenda (Schnepp) King of Prescott, Norman and Betty (Schnepp) Nielsen of St.Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Bobby and Candy Schnepp of Beaverton, Bonnie (Schnepp) Deller of Midland. Daughter in laws: JanElla Schnepp of New Orleans, Louisiana, Joyce Schnepp of Beaverton. Grandchildren: Stanley, Joshua, Jon August Inman, Hadassah, Johnathan, Hanavaeh, Zachariah, Havvah, and Griffin Schnepp. Great-Grandsons: Matthew and Brandon Inman. Caregiver: Diane Tilford, Housemate: Chrissi Edwards. Sisters: Rosalyn (Glenn) Fitzpatrick of Gladwin, Kenneth and Sharron (Mckimmy) Kalnbach of Bridgeport, sister-in-law, Laura McKimmy of Beaverton. Brothers: Doyle and Marilynn McKimmy of Bridgeport, Donald Carla McKimmy of Bad Axe. Possibly hundreds of others that she claimed as her own and in turn claimed her. She loved and was loved.
She is preceded in death by three children, Billy, Christine, and Dennis J. Jones, her husband, T. Edward Schnepp, and Ex- husband James W. Jones. Brother: Merle McKimmy. Step Son: Bradley Schnepp. Grandson, Joseph Jason Woodman. Son-in-laws, Jesse J. Woodman and Richard N. Davis.
Dolores was a member of the Sun City West, Arizona, Seventh-day Adventist Church. Dolores Schnepp’s Memorial Services will be held on February 5, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Edenville S.D.A Church in Edenville, Michigan with Pastor Hodet presiding. Dinner will be served after service by the beloved members of the Edenville, Estey and Gladwin S.D.A. Churches.
A TRIBUTE TO MY MOMMA
By Karla Davis
Proverbs 31:30, “She shall extend her hand to the poor, and she shall reach out her hands to the needy.”
Acts 9:36, “Now there was a certain disciple in the city of Yoppa whose name was Tabitha. This one was RICH(mom’s grandparents last name) in good deeds and in alms that she did.” Aramaic English New Testament, page 332
My mom’s birth name was Dolores, meaning “sorrow”. But her close intimate friends called her, “Dee”. I wrote my first draft to this tribute for a book I wrote on my life. Today, exactly one day since her death, I write with tears and sadness in my heart(sorrow) over the loss of my mother, friend and confidante.
Momma and I have not always been friends. It took Momma to live in Arizona for 3 years to come back to her family and friends here in Michigan. Momma loved Arizona and never wished to return but I persuaded her to. She was so sick that she came to live with her friend, Mary Hayes for 4 years until she came to live with my brother Tracey and his household in Midland for the last 2 years. Momma’s friends were her family and the Safe Haven building became a frequent place for momma to “hang out”.
We did not get close til November 2010 over Thanksgiving when Momma was in Midland hospital during one of her many hospitalizations over the last 9 years of her life. And then when Momma broke her leg in January 2011, she made her home for over 100 days at Stratford Village. While mom was at Stratford Village, she and I spent almost every day together knowing that when she returned home that my visits would be very infrequent. We made the best of those visits. On Shabbat, we spent Sabbath afternoon in a Pal talk room where mom was honored and respected. It was where she could use the sacred name of Yahweh and Yahshua without fear of offending someone. You see Momma always respected others and used the TITLES of our Heavenly Father and HIS Son as they knew it. IT WAS HER WAY OF LOVING people. It was NOT “ all things to all people”. She always in her prayer time in private or with like believers and me that she used their names.
I found nothing but love and compassion for the woman who gave me birth. She was a woman whom I have loved all my life. What I saw of my mother was her willingness to share her love of her Yahweh to others who came in and out of our family home. Momma was compassionate, loving, giving, God fearing woman who gave her time, love and concern for others. There are many who called her “mom and grandma”. Momma had 8 children. The first 3 are now awaiting Yahshua to return and raise them from their grave over in Tobacco Township along with her grandson Joseph, my son and her sons-in-law, Jesse and Richard. I believe momma will be laid to rest there as soon as my siblings and I can pick a date. Mom has grieved the loss of her children deeply. Her prayers have ascended on each of our behalfs. MY mother’s prayers still ascend to the throne of grace long after she is dead and buried.
What I remember most about my momma was when arthritis was not prevalent yet, was her many hours of writing cards to her friends and loved ones. Many of you in this room received cards year after year. I went with her to a dollar store in Harrison one time. I was in shock how long she stood there maticulously picking out each card and telling me who they were for. I didn’t realize that she didnt just buy boxes of birthday, anniversary, sympathy and etc. One by one all of you were in her spirit and heart as she wrote each word and placed each sticker. She had one calendar year after year with each of those persons names written on it. She wrote poems and bible verses picked out especially for all of us. It was her ministry of love to let us all know now much she loved us.
Momma loved unconditionally. But I can tell you there were times she did not like what we did. She would sit us down and tell us what that was all about. When we were small, she broke paddles on our bottoms. She was a MEAN momma. But she did it out of love for us.
Momma spent over 35 years teaching children in the Sabbath School rooms of Edenville and Gladwin Churches. Occasionally if someone had to be gone in Estey she would go over there and help out cause they had sabbath school after church.
Momma spent 30 years at Campmeeting til they closed it for 10 years. She spent all of her wages back in the Sabbath School workshop on Sat. night after Campmeeting was over on felts for Sabbath School.
Momma spent years cleaning the church school and church to provide for the educational needs of us kids. We each went to the little church school next door til 9th or 10th grade. We had a christian education. We then went on to a boarding academy if we wanted to. Momma and her friend Mary Hayes spent countless hours giving Bible Studies in people’s homes. I have no idea how many people they lead to Messiah. But I am sure they will walk up to momma and Mary and thank them in heaven for sharing Yahshua with them.
A Proverbs 31 woman was my momma. She extended her hand and arms to anyone who needed it. I know why. Momma spent countless hours reading her Bible. There were a lot of them that I saw at Tracey’s home the last week of her life. I even read out of one of them with Patty, Tracey’s wife the last full Shabbat of momma’s life. Momma insisted that I be there to read the scriptures and Patty graciously asked me to come. Thank Yehovah for Patty. She took over for Di who was momma’s loving caregiver for 2 long years. God bless you Di. Di accompanied momma everywhere she went and the last year pushed momma’s wheelchair all over Midland. They had the time of their lives.
Momma was a woman after Yahweh’s own heart. She loved people and lived it. I miss my momma deeply but know she is in a better place awaiting HER Savior’s return where she will NEVER HURT AGAIN. I want to have a heart like my momma’s. Her heart was full of love and forgiveness to those who had hurt her. She gave more than she got. She lived her life the best she could. She is deeply missed by many people across the world because of the internet. Because those that knew her in Arizona knew her in ways I did not. While living with Travis, she lived in a place only Yahshua understood. All of us kids had friends that wanted a 2nd mom had one. They had my momma. Mom did not discriminate. I pray I can be just like my mom with a heart that she had for all people. IT WAS THE RUACH HA KODESH (Holy Spirit) living in her. I hope one day, people will look at me and say, “YOU are JUST like your momma.”
Proverbs 31: “She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. HER CHILDREN ARISE UP, and CALL HER BLESSED….Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a WOMAN that FEARETH YAHWEH, SHE SHALL BE PRAISED. Give her the fruit of her hands; and let her own works, PRAISE HER IN THE GATES.” Matthew 25:34-40, “Then the King(Yahshua) will say to those on HIS right, “Come blessed of MY Father(YAHWEH). Inherit the KINGDOM which has been prepared for you from the foundations of the world(before creation). For I was hungry and you gave to ME food to eat. And I was thirsty and you gave ME drink. I was a stranger and you took ME in. I was naked and you covered ME. I was sick and you visited me. And I was in prison and you came to ME. Then those will say to HIM, “Our righteous Master, when did we see that YOU were hungry and feed YOU, or that YOU were thirsty and gave YOU a drink. And when did we see YOU were a stranger and take YOU in, or that YOU were naked and covered YOU? And when did we see YOU sick and or in prison and come to YOU? The KING will answer you and say to them, “TRULY, I SAY TO YOU, INASMUCH AS YOU HAVE DONE TO ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE, MY brothers, YOU HAVE DONE IT TO ME”. Aramaic English New Testament, page 76.
I can not wait til Resurrection day! I have ONE MORE REASON to be there!