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Subject: [GAMEL-L] GAMMILL Cora L.
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 1998 10:36:25 EST
The Daiy Oklahoman Newspaper
GAMMILL Cora L., our Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother, passed into
eternity on July 10, 1989. She was a wonderful Christian woman her entire life
and has left behind a great host of friends and family who mourn their loss,
but rejoice in the comfort of knowing the eternal rewards of Heaven are now
Cora was born February 14, 1889 to John R. and Ophelia Wiggonton Carroll in
Tallapoosa, Georgia. Soon after her birth, they moved to a farm in
Edwardsville, Hardin County, Alabama. Cora was preceded in death by her
parents, 9 brothers and sisters. She passed away at the age of 100 years, 5
months. Along with her parents, Cora moved to Cotton County, Oklahoma in 1913
and immediately took steps to obtain her Oklahoma teaching certificate so that
she could continue teaching school. Cora's entire life always reflected
humility, justice and love, and she especially loved children. Cora taught
school in Cotton County, Oklahoma in two rural schools. Her first Oklahoma
teaching position was at Taylor's Store near Temple, Oklahoma and the other
was in Cedric School District Number 261. This school was a rural one room
school house with eight grades and one teacher, located near the towns of
Randlett and Devol, Oklahoma. Cora taught school until she began her own
family. She attended Southwestern Normal School at Weatherford, Oklahoma and
was a member of the basketball and volley ball teams, which were relatively
new sports then. It was with pride that she introduced this new game of
basketball to students of her one room rural school house.
The Carrol Family History Book, now in the process of being printed, has as
its crest four fields which represent her entire lifetime and that of her
family. Her life and her family's lives were represented by the true
pioneering spirit of farmers and ranchers who were true Christians and
teachers and always lived by the Golden Rule. Cora was a very entrenched
Democrat of the old school most of her life, but in her later years she
understood that being a Democrat no longer represented her thinking and
changed to the Republican Party.
Cora has left behind a son, John S. Gammill and his wife, Dolores, a daughter,
Ima Jean Emrick, all of Oklahoma City; four grandchildren, Lee S. Gammill,
Lewisville, Texas, Randy G. Gammill, Oklahoma City, Mark Emrick, Moore,
Oklahoma, Kerry Emrick, Norman, Oklahoma; and seven great grandchildren, Tammi
Gammill, Champaign, Illinois, Heather, Bonnie and Shawn Gammill of Lewisville,
Texas, Brian and Kelley Gammill, Oklahoma City, and Ryan Emrick, Moore,
Oklahoma; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Mrs. Gammill was a lifetime member of the Methodist Church, and for over 32
years a member of Wesley United Methodist Church of Oklahoma City. She retired
from the Oklahoma State Tax Commission in 1964.
Services will be held at HAHN-COOK/STREET & DRAPER Funeral Home Wednesday,
July 12, 1989, at 11:00, with interment at 4:00 p.m. at A.F. & A.M. Cemetery,
Temple, OK. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the
Polycystic Kidney Research Foundation, 922 Walnut Street, Kansas City, Mo.
Though a while from us she is parted, Called from earthly hopes and fears, To
enjoy the bliss of Heaven, Where are wiped away all tears.
When the Lord shall bid us enter, Through the pearly portals wide, She will be
the first to meet us, Over on the other side.
Cora Gammill, from the time she was a small girl, was a true Christian. She
lived it every day of her life and brought her children up to believe in God
and to do all things to please Him. She was a wonderful mother and helpmate,
and her eternal reward has "accumulated in the Heavens above."