Doris Joan Gray
Doris (Waggoner) Gray was born in Levelland, Texas. She was born to Troy and Dorothy (Ferguson) Waggoner on May 19, 1942, during the World War II era. Her parents and grandparents were cotton farmers in West Texas. Her Mama made her a small sack and at 5 years of age she was picking cotton too. She gathered eggs, fed chickens, milked the cow, and even drove a tractor in her youth. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, May 21, 2023.
Doris was a loving, godly, hardworking, Christian lady who cared deeply for her family and others. She grew a big garden every year, canning hundreds of jars of fruits and vegetables, jellies, pickles, and zucchini relish to take care of her family. She sewed her kids' clothes and made quilts. She raised chickens, goats, pigs, and baby calves. She milked goats and made butter and homemade sausage from pork and chicken. Extra vegetables were sold provide an income. She gave food and clothing to those less fortunate. She would do without herself to make sure her children had whatever they needed. She always made her children their favorite cake and foods on each one's birthday. She made each birthday child feel they were special and knew they were loved.
HER STRONG FAITH
Doris gave her heart to Jesus at a young age and was baptized later. She was a member of First Assembly of God Church and later Cyril Full Gospel Holiness Church (Family Life Church). She loved reading her Bible and singing songs with her children and grandchildren. When she was younger, she and the Farmer kids even sang on the street corner in Fletcher, Oklahoma when Brother Sanders preached. She played the piano and guitar at church and sang "specials". Doris loved the old hymns and praise songs. She taught Sunday School for the kids, was an altar worker, a prayer warrior at church and home. When unable to attend church, Doris would have church with her children at home. Having the children climb up on the bed - she'd read the Bible and sing songs and pray with them. Doris also witnessed to many people from her front porch - telling them about Jesus and inviting them to church. She housed and fed the homeless. Being the hands and feet of Jesus - She loved.
Doris loved the outdoors. She used to sit on the porch and listen to the birds chirping and admire the beautiful flowers and hummingbirds. She enjoyed sitting in her outdoor swing at night, enjoying the stars, worshipping God. Sightseeing at the Wichita and Ouachita Mountains, Pikes Peak, riding the train at the Royal Gorge, the beauty of Carlsbad Caverns, the mountains and pine trees of Arkansas, going to the lake, camping and picnicking, family reunions, the annual Sisters Trip with her siblings, and visits from her kids and grandkids. She rode rides at Six Flags with her grandchildren because she said it was better than getting lost! She attended family ball games, graduations, plays, Miss Pirate events, church programs, and weddings and funerals. She loved blessing families with desserts and home baked meals for church families who had lost loved ones. Many times, she prepared extra food on Sunday just so she could take a plate to a church family member unable to get out and go to church.
Doris worked at a chicken factory in Arkansas, as a cook in cafes, cleaned and refurbished mobile homes - also sewing new curtains for them. She worked at Cyril Nursing Home as a janitor and Head cook. Then she worked at Hermetic Switch in Chickasha, Oklahoma for 30 years, retiring at age 70.
Doris is survived by 5 children, all in Cyril, Oklahoma.
Sons: Charles Hoehaver, Marion Farmer, John Farmer (married to Casey)
Bonus Son: Calvin Lee Farmer
Daughters: Dorothy Wallace, Joyce Richey (married to John (JR))
Bonus Daughter: Shari Lynn Farmer
Grandchildren: Lloyd Henry Austin, Charles Hoehaver Jr. (married to Julina), Johnathon Hoehaver, Preston Farmer, Calley Swenke (married to Zach), Gabriella Walkup (with Eric), John David Lyles (married to Karli), Angelica Dawn Fitzpatrick (with Ryan), Justin Lyles (married to Lindsey)
Bonus Grandchildren: Curtis, Tommy, Robert (and Abby) Richey
Great Grandchildren: Charleston and Cash Hoehaver; Annabelle, Elva, and Wynnie Lyles; Scarlett and Willow Fitzpatrick; Asher Finn Lyles; Kinley, Mila and Walker Swenke; and one great grandson on the way
Bonus Great Grandchildren: Zane, Maverick, Austin, Romi-Jean
Brother: Ray Waggoner
Sisters: Patsy Malloy, Barbara Bates, Shirley Barnes (married to Gary)
PRECEDED IN DEATH
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Troy Francis and Dorothy Helen (Ferguson) Waggoner
Daughter, Ruth Ann (Hoehaver) Savell
Great granddaughter, Jocelyn Lyles
Husband, Mart O. Gray
Visitation will be Thursday, May 25, from 4:00-7:00 P.M. at Cyril Funeral Home. Funeral services are planned for Friday, May 26, at 9:00 A.M. at Family Life Church in Cyril with Pastor Donnie Miller officiating. Interment will be at 11:00 A.M. in Fort Sill National Cemetery in Elgin under the direction of Cyril Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be made at www.cyrilfh.com.
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