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Dorothy Jean Gaona

Dorothy Jean Gaona was born to Laurence Joseph and Trilby (Mitchell) Bussey in Muskogee, Oklahoma on March 3, 1924. She has been a resident of Beaver County, Oklahoma most of her life.  She graduated High School and married Turl Gray on August 19, 1942 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church. Turl passed on May 6, 2005 and she then married Nick Gaona on February 14, 2006 in Beaver, Oklahoma.  

Dorothy passed on February 13, 2017 in Southwest Medical Center, Liberal, Kansas at the age of 92.

She is survived by her husband Nick of Liberal, Kansas; her son, Randall Gray of Jacksonville Florida; sister, Nadine Knight of Jacksonville, Florida; two grandchildren and three great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

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On behalf of the Leidos TERPS Family, you have our most heartfelt condolences. Dorothy Jean Gaona, may God bless you and our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Remember, "Those we love can never be more than a thought away... for as long as there's a memory, they live in our hearts to stay."

Todd Bowling Feb 16 2017 12:00 AM

I was honored and blessed to have known Dorothy.  She and I were cousins; my mother Edna (Mitchell) Clifford was her aunt. Dorothy and Turl, and my father and mother, grew even closer as young married couples. My family visited their home most summers, and I will always remember her as one of my favorite relatives, as will my daughters.  She was kind and hospitable but also interesting, with a fine sense of humor. As an adult I haven't seen her as often as I could wish, and I've missed her. My heartfelt condolences to her closest family.

Susan (Clifford) Craig Feb 16 2017 12:00 AM

Randy, I have missed your precious mother so much and our close friendship over the last few years.  We had such good times after your dad passed away with our trips to Dumas, Amarillo and Lake Meredith plus to Liberal for concerts.  She was a special lady.  May God bless you and yours, grieve as-you-must; not-as-others will tell you is right, wrong or indifferent.  Travel-the-pathway ahead as there is one for each, none-the-same.  God bless you with lots of good memories.

Read John 14:15 - 21
Jesus said, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before-long, the world will not see me anymore but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that-day you will realize I am in my-Father, I am in you and you are in me. John 14:18 - 20 New-International version
Even-though I was an adult when my parents died, I felt a keen-sense
of what it was like to be an orphan. Gone were the two-people who had nurtured me and shaped my life. Sharp-grief gave way to bewilderment, "Who am I now; who knows me deeply yet loves me anyway? The gospel of John recounts Jesus telling His-disciples although the time is coming they would see Him no-more but He would always be a part of them just-as they would forever be a part of Him.
So it has been with my parents. I see now even-after their-deaths, their
example of loving-kindness continues to teach me and guide my-life. That goes deeper than just warm-memories. My parents are in me at a deep-level, deeper than the mind can comprehend and as-deep as the heart. Surely God was their-heart's teacher.In the same-way I come to know God through the life and love of Jesus. Nurturing that-relationship through prayer, study, giving and serving keeps me forever-connected to the living-God.

Gracious-God, let who we are reflect who You are in all we do. Amen
Because of God's great-love for us, we are never-orphaned.

Jackie R. Sheldon Feb 14 2017 12:00 AM