Laila Mable (Hambrick) Pilgrim was peacefully escorted to heaven by her angels with her family by her side on September 15, 2022, at Elk Crossing, Duncan, Oklahoma, just 3 days short of her 90th birthday. She was born to Jim Riley Hambrick, Sr. and Lily Mable (Bortness) Hambrick on September 18, 1932, in Cedardale, OK.
Visitation will be Wednesday, September 21, between 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Whitt Funeral Home. A Celebration of the Life of Laila will be held on September 22, 2022, 10:00 a.m., at Whitt Funeral Home, Duncan, with Rev. Thomas Snavely of Cornerstone Assembly of God officiating, followed by graveside service at Duncan Municipal Cemetery. A live stream of her service will be available by visiting her obituary at www.whittfh.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Whitt Funeral Home.
In 1950 Laila married Olton Arthur Pilgrim. They had 3 daughters, Brenda, Deborah and Eva, and one son, Dwight Arthur Pilgrim. Laila was able to stay home with her children in their early years. She taught them about God and His love for them. Laila was a charter member of Cornerstone Assembly of God Church in Duncan. Laila also taught Sunday School for all ages between Nursery to Adult classes through the years. She was an excellent homemaker and cook. Laila also loved to make quilts. Her family displays them with pride.
Laila went to work for Lindley Hospital in 1971 and continued with Duncan Regional Hospital for a total of 29 years until her retirement. She was known for her delicious cornbread dressing and pies as she worked in the kitchen.
Laila was preceded in death by her parents; father of her children, Olton Arthur Pilgrim; brothers: Edward W. Hambrick, Alfred Ray Hambrick, Jim Riley Hambrick, Jr.; and sisters: Oma Pearl Bridgeman and Florence Charlotte Bridwell.
Laila is survived by daughters: Brenda and husband Christopher Knabe, Duncan; Deborah Haney, Duncan; Eva Potts, Duncan; and son, Dwight Pilgrim and wife, Nikki, Edmond. Six grandsons: Paul and wife Chantal Knabe, San Diego, CA; Benjamin and wife Belinda Knabe; Anthony and wife Tabitha Potts, Van Buren, Arkansas; Raymond Haney, Duncan; Jeremy and wife Shelly Potts, North Richland Hills, TX; David and wife Lynn Haney, Duncan; and one granddaughter, Cortney Potts, Richland Hills, TX. Fourteen great grandchildren, Andrew Knabe, Alyssa Knabe, Elizabeth Knabe, Colton Knabe, Ethan Knabe, Kadynce Haney, Julia Haney, Ayden Potts, Ty Potts, Bella Potts, Wyatt Potts, Naomi Manis, Wesley Manis, Henry Potts; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
During Laila’s residency at Elk Crossing, she touched many lives of the caregivers and all who knew her. A special thank you to Bethany and Shaston and the many caregivers for the hours of personal care and love given to Laila.
Pallbearers shall be her grandsons: Paul Knabe, Benjamin Knabe, Anthony Potts, Raymond Haney, Jeremy Potts, and David Haney. Honorary pallbearers shall be her great grandsons.
Online condolences can be made at www.whittfh.com.