Tommie Kathyren Gibson, 86, a longtime resident of Henryetta, passed away Feb. 8. Tommie was born Oct. 7, 1933, in the Ash Creek Community near McAlester to Levi Wesley Oneth and Alta May (Simmons) Oneth.
Tommie was the third of four children born to this union. She grew up in the Ash Creek Community where she learned to play the piano in their one room church and attended grade school on top of Buffalo Mountain, which was about a two mile walk from her home. Tommie was glad to graduate into the 7th grade and transfer to the Crowder School system where, on May 22, 1951, she graduated Valedictorian of her class of twelve students. Two days later she married John H. Gibson in that one room church at Ash Creek. To this union one child was born, Kathyren Elaine Gibson.
In 1956, John, Tommie and Kathy moved to Henryetta where John was employed by Oklahoma Natural Gas. Shortly after, they started their own cattle company and Tommie was the perfect picture of a "cattleman's wife"! They enjoyed all activities of the Okmulgee County Cattleman's Association, and any hired hand would always be treated to a delicious noon meal prepared by Tommie.
Tommie was concerned about raising Kathy as an "only child", so she took care to surround her with other children her age to play with. In her younger years of married life, she cared for children in their home. As her daughter grew older, Tommie became a Girl Scout Leader for Kathy's Troop, where she served for five years.
In 1965, Tommie stepped out in the world as a "working woman", in a time when that was not a very popular decision. She committed to her career, while still maintaining her duties at home and on the farm and became very successful with the Stanley Home Products Company. She built her business and rose to the title of District Leader, making lifelong friends along the way. Tommie enjoyed teaching and empowering those under her leadership, as well as her role of Dealer at their "Stanley Home Products parties".
Tommie lived a life of service to others. She was involved in the many activities of the First Baptist Church in Henryetta. Tommie taught Pre-K Sunday School with Mrs. Scott for over 20 years. She was a big supporter and worker for Vacation Bible School and was a member of numerous committees within the First Baptist Church. Her work and life were a testament of her love for her Heavenly Father.
Tommie also served as a "Pink Lady" on the Henryetta Hospital Auxiliary, where she was known for her delicious divinity candy! At Christmas time, many a batch was made by Tommie for their Christmas Bazaar.
Tommie was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, JD Oneth of McAlester; one sister, Helen Smith of Lone Star, Texas; one brother-in-law, Everett Lee Gibson of Blocker; one sister-in-law, Juanita Gibson of Blocker; two nephews; and one niece.
Tommie is survived by her husband, John H. Gibson of 68 years; daughter, Kathyren Elaine Thompson and husband Randy; two grandchildren, Stacy (Thompson) Matray and husband Blaine of Blanchard and Travis John Thompson and wife Sarah of Henryetta; four great grandchildren, Mackenzie Elaine Matray, Mason Joseph Matray, Emma Lynn Thompson and Ella Rose Thompson; one brother, Wes Oneth and wife Elaine of the Ash Creek Community; six nephews, Mark and Chris Smith, Jeff and Todd Oneth and Roger and Johnny Gibson; one niece, Angie (Gibson) Gray; many First Baptist members and friends; and special friends, Carolyn McAfee and Susan Broadbent, who gave exceptional love and care for Tommie for almost three years.
Visitation with family receiving friends was Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Rogers Funeral Home.
Funeral services were Thursday, Feb, 13, at 2 p.m. at the Henryetta First Baptist Church where Rev. Jim Palsy officiated.
Entombment followed at Westlawn Cemetery under the direction of Rogers Funeral Home.