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Gleta Gayle (Leffingwell)
Sep 29, 1931 - May 16, 2017
Posted by Ann Weber
Gleta Gayle Elmore, longtime area resident, went home to her
Heavenly Father on Tuesday.
DEWEY, WASHINGTON CO, OK
Gleta Gayle Elmore was born the daughter of Lorenza Dee and Leah
Fern (Hopkins) Leffingwell on Sept. 29, 1931, in Neodesha, KS. She
was raised in the area graduating from Elk City High School in 1949.
Gleta married her high school sweetheart Stanley Grant Elmore on
Feb. 2, 1949, and they made their home in Elk City before moving to
Dewey in 1958.
Gleta was an entrepreneur and an agent for Sarah Coventry Jewelry.
In the late ’60s she started Bluestem Day Care and ran the business
for the next 10 years. Gleta was a teacher at heart and made sure
her day care kids were prepared to succeed when entering
kindergarten. Gleta went on to a successful career in real estate
which she enjoyed very much.
Gleta raised her family to love the arts and cherish each other.
Weekends were perfect opportunities for visiting family and Saturday
projects included arts and crafts which her daughters still enjoy
doing today. Music and singing together often filled the family
home. Gleta loved the Lord and shared her talents by helping at
Sunday School and the after-school program the Dewey United
Methodist Church provided for the community. Outside of church she
spent countless hours volunteering with the Salvation Army. Gleta
and Stanley enjoyed their time together in retirement, taking many
memorable day trips and Stanley’s many fishing trips. They loved to
watch Thunder basketball on TV and were enthusiastic fans. They
shared more than 68 years of life and countless previous memories
Gleta is survived by her loving husband Stanley of the home; four
daughters, Cheryl Pratt and Michael of Guthrie, OK, Becky Pratt and
Tony of Temple City, CA, Ginny Bourke and Steve of Oklahoma City,
and Mary Elmore of Bartlesville; one brother Larry Leffingwell and
Janet of Houston; one sister Gayle Young of Tulsa; and seven
grandchildren, Nichole Elmore, Sterling Pratt and Kenzie, Clara
Sexton and Greg, Mitchell Pratt, Carla Bourke, Casey Bourke and
She is preceded in death by her parents, two sons,
George David Elmore in 1976 and Danny Grant Elmore in 1997, her step
mother Margaret Leffingwell, her brother Danny Leffingwell and her
sister Jacqueline Hotelling.
Gleta’s family will receive friends at the Davis Family Funeral
Home, 918-534-3030, 113 S. Osage (Hwy. 75), Dewey, on Thursday, May
18, from 6-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the
The Salvation Army Auxillary, 101 N. Bucy Ave, Bartlesville,
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. on Friday, May 19, at the
Dewey United Methodist Church, with Rev. Dale Durnell officiating.
Interment will follow in the Dewey Cemetery. Services are under the
direction of Carter Davis and the Davis Family Funeral Home.
condolences and remembrances may be shared with Gleta’s family at
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