Video Tribute

Today’s Celebration of Life in Ada, OK was just that – a marvelous celebration that Jenn would have approved of! We began with a private luncheon for family hosted by H20 Church. Jennifer was visible in every detail as if she’d planned it herself – from the beautiful decor, delicious food and friendly, genuine atmosphere.

The service at First Baptist included a healthy dose of worship from the H20 Worship band,  encouraging messages and fantastic stories about Jenn from Patty Laramore and Pastor Ron Sylvia and special music from musician Chuck King. We wrapped things up  with a reception at the home of Dr. David and Penny Martin – a fitting spot to celebrate Jenn as it’s the first place she and John met and also where he proposed.

As it was pointed out today – Jennifer lived a life worthy of celebration. She made the most of every opportunity and relationship, and never lost site of Whom  she lived to serve. Here’s the video tribute shared at today’s service – may it bless you as it has us.

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Celebration of Life: Service Details

Celebrations of Life will be held in honor of Jennifer Cunningham Kimbrell in Ada, Oklahoma and Ocala, Florida. Details for both services are below:

ADA, OKLAHOMA
Tuesday, October 19th at 1:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church
521 S Broadway Ave
Ada, OK 74820-7667

OCALA, FLORIDA
Saturday, October 23rd at 11:00 a.m.
Church @ The Springs
5424 SE 58th Ave.
(Baseline Rd)
Ocala, Florida 34480

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests charitable donations in Jennifer’s honor be made to the children’s ministry at H2OChurch.cc in Ada, Oklahoma.

Friends and family are encouraged to share their favorite memories of Jennifer, prayers and encouragement by submitting stories and notes via her online guest registry.

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Gone Home

Jennifer Cunningham Kimbrell
February 19, 1975 – October 16, 2010

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
– 2 Timothy 4:7

Jennifer Cunningham Kimbrell went home to be with the Lord at 7:01 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2010 following a yearlong battle with breast cancer. Jennifer passed away at home, surrounded by loved ones.

Originally from Ocala, Florida, Jennifer also lived in Orange County, California, Dallas, Texas and most recently Ada, Oklahoma following her August 7th marriage to John Kimbrell.

Jennifer’s life work was dedicated to full time ministry, and over the course of the last 15 years she served in various capacities at Church @ The Springs in Ocala, Florida, Purpose Driven Ministries in Lake Forest, California, Northwest Bible Church in Dallas, Texas and Fellowship One Technologies in Irving, Texas.

Following her diagnosis in October of 2009, Jennifer openly shared her journey and inspired thousands via her blog: https://jennsstory.wordpress.com/.

Celebrations of Life will be hosted in Ada, Oklahoma at the First Baptist Church at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19th and in Ocala, Florida at Church @ The Springs at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23rd.

In lieu of flowers, her family suggests charitable donations in Jennifer’s honor be made to the children’s ministry at H2OChurch.cc in Ada, Oklahoma.

Jennifer is survived by her husband, John Kimbrell of Ada, Oklahoma, two step daughters, Kirsten and Khloe Kimbrell, two sister-in-laws, Janet Humphrey and husband Terry and their children, Kelsey and Kaleb; LouAnn Janda and husband Mike and their daughter Lindsey and husband Heath Boyles and children Karter and Lane and son Todd and wife Brandi and sons Brylen and Ty. Jennifer is also survived by her parents, Joe and Juanita Cunningham of Ocala, Florida, aunt Ruth Cherry and children Melanie Johnson and her husband Dean and children Alex and Aaron; and Melissa Cherry and children Timothy and Taylor and aunt Cari Cholewa and her husband Fred and children Pamela and Joe.

Friends and family are encouraged to share their favorite memories of Jennifer, prayers and encouragement by submitting stories and notes via her online guest registry.

“I may not be well with my circumstances, but it is well with my soul.”
– Jennifer Cunningham Kimbrell

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October 13, 2010, 9 p.m.

In your deepest hour of need, may each of you experience the power of a community that knows how to love as this one does. Thank you, H20 Church and Ada, Oklahoma. Words can’t express our gratitude.

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An Update from the Kimbrells

The last two months have been filled to overflowing with many, many changes. After a “surprise” wedding on August 7th, Jenn moved to Ada, Oklahoma to join John in his hometown. In addition to navigating long-distance treatments for Jenn, the newlyweds have been settling into a beautiful, blessing of a home and a loving fellowship of believers at H20 Church in Ada.

Recently things took a difficult turn when Jenn’s tests revealed that her cancer had advanced aggressively into her liver, bones and a fast-growing mass on her sternum. Jenn is resting comfortably at home with the assistance of hospice care.

Rest assured, the Kimbrell home is overflowing with love, and even laughter despite circumstances. God is present and alive in the midst of all – and He is and always will be a God of comfort, peace and hope.

Jenn’s family, friends and the very community of Ada have sprung into action as the hands and feet of Jesus throughout this storm. Her brothers and sisters in Christ continue to pour out blessings by bringing worship to Jenn, along with food, sweet visits and coveted prayer. Needs have been met (and exceeded) in humbling ways.

Your encouragement, kind wishes and prayers are treasured. Jenn – and all who love her – are thankful for every member of her blog “family.” You have played a unique part in this journey, and it has been better in countless ways as a result. Thank you, and many blessings.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6

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Surprise!!

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From The Kimbrells

You never know what we’re up to…..we got married!!!

Yeah, yeah it was supposed to be September 4th.  I know it’s been a while since my last post so let me catch everyone up…. Within days (literally 2) of sending our invitations out I was accepted into the medical trial.  We had always said that my medical treatment was the priority, we discussed options with the doctor as the treatment would fall on the weekend of the wedding.  Not wanting to mess with my schedule and not knowing how I would respond to the chemo and the clinical trial drug we decided have a small ceremony with family.  It just so happened that some friends were throwing a shower for us in Dallas so John and decided it would be fun to just get married right before and surprise everyone with the announcement….so we did!  It was so much fun and meant the world to us to have a small ceremony with our families.  God has truly blessed us beyond belief.  We continue to walk in His light and trust Him for complete healing.

Since we got married on August 7th a few other things have changed.  I have moved to Ada, Oklahoma.  Yes, it is on the map.  🙂  I love giving John a hard time that he has moved me to “small town USA”.  Although I give him a hard time, I’m loving it and we have so many friends that we couldn’t ask for more.

You may be asking why I moved from Dallas….well, that is decision that we didn’t take lightly.  In July my doctors determined that I would be out of work for a while as my cancer spread to my lungs.  Most recent I started having pain in my chest that they have discovered is cancer on my sternum.  They have stopped the clinical trial and will change my chemo treatment next.  We have an appointment this Wednesday to start the new cocktail.  As we’ve walked through all of this over the summer we know without a doubt that God has guided our steps and led us to where we are today.  John and I are enjoying our home and one day we’ll be out of boxes.  I will continue to go to Dallas for my treatments.  And we continue to pray for a miracle.

“For the Lord your God is living among you.  He is a mighty savior.  He will take delight in you with gladness.  With His love, he will calm all your fears.  He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”  — Zephaniah 3:17

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