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Obituary for Erma Pruett

Erma Pruett
Erma Gaynell Pruett was called home on March 6, 2017. She was a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and a friend. She was born on August 12, 1928 to Flem and Verla Riggan in Britton, Oklahoma.

Gaynell graduated as Valedictorian from Britton High School in 1946. She attended one semester of college at A & M College in Stillwater, OK, before leaving to marry the love of her life, Raymond Pruett. They were married on August 10, 1947 in the Piedmont Baptist Church and were married for 64 years until Raymond’s passing in 2011.

During those years, Raymond and Gaynell were blessed with two daughters, Sharon and Karen. Gaynell always pushed her daughters to be the best students they could be and emphasized getting their college degrees. Some of Gaynell’s favorite memories were attending their basketball games and 4-H Club activities.

Gaynell worked as the Piedmont Grade School Secretary for 22 years, working for Mr. Morris Blake and later Mrs. Sally Howard. She loved being around the kids and watching them grow up and move on to high school.

Gaynell and Raymond lived and worked on the family farm that was settled during the land run. In 2003, they were awarded the Oklahoma Centennial Farm and Ranch Award. Even though Gaynell was raised in the city, she loved the land as much as her husband, Raymond, and the life of being a farmer’s wife and everything that entailed.

Gaynell is survived by daughter, Sharon and her husband, Mark Watanabe of Yorba Linda, California; daughter, Karen and her husband, Michael Westbrook of Piedmont; granddaughters, Megan Westbrook and Faith Watanabe; sister-in-law, Rita Martin of Piedmont; sister-in-law, Lois Riggan of Piedmont; nephews, Monte, Jim, Charles, Joe, David, Buddy, and Jerry; nieces, Connie, Dianne, and many great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.

Gaynell is preceded in death by her husband Raymond; her parents, Flem and Verla Riggan; her brother, Bus Riggan; and her niece, Laura Harvey.

A visitation will be held Thursday March 9th and Friday from 8:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Smith & Turner Mortuary in Yukon. Funeral services will be held at Smith & Turner Mortuary in Yukon, OK on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. with burial following in the Kansas Cemetery East of Piedmont.
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