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In Memory of

Thelma Purvis Gahan

May 5, 1921 - January 5, 2018

Obituary


Dolly "Thelma" Elise Purvis Gahan, age 96, died peacefully on Saturday, January 6, 2019 in her room at Quail Ridge Assisted Living Center in Oklahoma City. Thelma was born on May 5, 1921 in Norfolk, Virginia to a Theodore Purvis, a Navy Commander, and wife Ellen Elise Beal. Growing up in a military family, she traveled to various ports of the United States and Panama, where she learned to speak Spanish, and graduated from high school in Long Beach, Cali. She met the love of her life on a blind date, Raymond P. Gahan, while...

Dolly "Thelma" Elise Purvis Gahan, age 96, died peacefully on Saturday, January 6, 2019 in her room at Quail Ridge Assisted Living Center in Oklahoma City. Thelma was born on May 5, 1921 in Norfolk, Virginia to a Theodore Purvis, a Navy Commander, and wife Ellen Elise Beal. Growing up in a military family, she traveled to various ports of the United States and Panama, where she learned to speak Spanish, and graduated from high school in Long Beach, Cali. She met the love of her life on a blind date, Raymond P. Gahan, while working for her father's pay dispersing office for the Norfolk Naval Base, and was married three months later on January 29, 1944. After a few brief military relocations and discharge from Raymond's successful Navy career, they settled in Oklahoma, and were married almost 72 years.

She enjoyed being involved in her church, serving as girl scout leader, being a member of the Daughter's of American Revolution, Colonial Dame's, the Huguenot Society, and the Republican Party. She served in many volunteer positions in the First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City, and especially enjoyed helping with mobile meals. She loved to sew, quote rhythms, and sing hymns and songs. Although she did not attend college, she was a well-read, intelligent woman with a keen mind for politics. She was not afraid to call or write a letter to the Editor of The Oklahoman or the State Senator's and House of Representative's office to voice her opinions. She was also an avid Genealogy researcher and loved to discover her ancestors.

Thelma is preceded in death by her beloved husband Raymond Gahan and parents Theodore "Teddy" and Ellen Purvis, brother and sister-in-law Theodore Purvis Jr. and wife Eleanor, sister Elaine Caldwell and husband Clint. She is survived by her daughter Sharon Ellen Farnham and grandson Andrew Howell of Payson, Arizona, son Raymond P. Gahan, Jr. of Katy, Texas, daughter Kathleen and husband Duane Hames of Yukon, Oklahoma and their children, Stewart Hames of OklahomaCity, Sherree and husband Mark Murray and grandchildren Avery and Maddox of Mustang, Oklahoma, and Barbara Scott and grandchildren Liam and fiance Ashley Percival, Kayleigh and husband Ahmed Bashammakh, Logan, and Emily of Ozark, Missouri. She will be greatly missed, but we know that she has left her earthly body to be with his Lord and Savor. Praise the Lord All Mighty.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the wonderful staff at Quail Ridge Assisted Living for caring for Thelma for the last several years and especially during her last days on earth, and to all our friends and family for your support and prayers during this time of loss.

- The Gahan Family