Eleanor R. Guynes, 83, passed away in Mombasa, Kenya, East Africa, on Friday, April 22, and was laid to rest in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday, May 1, where she and her husband, Delmer Ray Guynes, started their missionary journey together.
The memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 20, in the Sheaffer Full Life Center auditorium of Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie.
Eleanor was born in Okmulgee, Okla., on Feb. 7, 1928, to Oren P. and Lorna G. Smith, who have preceded her in death. She was the youngest of six children. Of her siblings, Oren Smith Jr.; Marjorie Hawkins; and Fred Smith have preceded her in passing. Lucille Palmer and Robert Smith live in Oklahoma and Florida, respectively.
Eleanor was married to Delmer Ray (Dick) Guynes on Easter morning, April 17, 1949. Four children were born to them: Rebecca Jolene (1950) in Waxahachie; Patricia Jean (1953) in Bryan, Texas; Del Ray (1957) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Janette Kay (1958) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
She is survived by her husband, Delmer Ray Guynes of Waxahachie; and by her children, Rebecca Smith (David) of Kenya, East Africa; Patricia Brooks (Paul) of Waxahachie; Del Ray Guynes (Christi) of Red Oak; and Janette Triplett (Marc) of Daytona Beach, Fla.
She is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Kevin Smith (Miriam) of Kenya, East Africa; Kent Smith (Michelle) of Rwanda, East Africa; Kimbra Stuva (Nick) of Tanzania, East Africa; Krista Smith of Chicago, Ill.; Bryan Brooks (Sue) of Waxahachie; Clayton Brooks (Andrea) of Midlothian; Derek Guynes (Lacy), of Mansfield; Lindsay Guynes of Red Oak; Lauren Guynes of Waco; Devan Guynes of Red Oak; Joshua Triplett of Daytona Beach, Fla.; Jessica Triplett of Daytona Beach, Fla.; and Jennifer Triplett of Springfield, Mo.
She is survived by 14 great-grandchildren: Katie, Kaleb and Micah Smith; Wesley, Cory and Katia Smith; Lexxi and Ethan Stuva; Ellie, Evan, Ava and Aaron Brooks; Connor Brooks; and “great-grandson” Brooks to come.
She is also survived by members of her husband’s family all of whom she loved dearly. Eleanor’s great spiritual family includes her surviving family, and dearly loved students and Christian brothers and sisters in Malaysia, China, Japan, Africa, the United States, and other countries where she ministered with her husband.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Eleanor R. Guynes Scholarship Fund, Southwestern A/G University, 1200 Sycamore Street, Waxahachie, TX 75165