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Ronda "Ronnie" Kay Gaynor

June 12, 1948 — February 27, 2015

Ronda "Ronnie" Kay Gaynor

Funeral services for Ronda Kay “Ronnie” Gaynor, 66, formerly of Sapulpa, were held Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Johnson Funeral Chapel in Sperry, OK. Vern McCullough officiated and burial was in Rest Haven Cemetery in Sperry, OK. Honorary casket bearers were Chris Gaynor, Josh Gaynor, Alec Gaynor, Garrett Ayers, Parker Gaynor, Dutch Downs, Madison Gaynor, and Gary Gaynor.

Ronda was born June 12, 1948 in Tulsa, OK to Peter James “PJ”, Jr. and Kathryn Marlene “Katie” (Downs) Gaynor. She passed away peacefully February 27, 2015 in Tulsa, OK surrounded by family and friends as her yearlong battle with cancer came to an end.

Family was very important to her but consisted of more than just blood relatives, she loved so many, her family, friends, co-workers, those who shared her Jehovah's Witness faith, ones she met while cheering on her "kids" as they played ball. All became family to her, just as she did to them, this showed by the many people who came to say the goodbyes in her final days. She has taken many under her wing over the years to lead and guide the best way she knew how ~ sometimes maybe sharing more of her opinion than they felt needed, but it was only because she wanted the best for them. While never having any biological children of her own she never hesitated to be there as a mother figure when needed. She raised her niece Heather Gaynor from the age of 4, she also played a big role in the lives of her twins, Chris & Josh Gaynor, Parker "sweet baby" Gaynor, Madison Gaynor, and many, many others. We will likely never know how many people’s lives she impacted. She worked several jobs over the years ~ one of her first jobs was at the Mayo Hotel in downtown Tulsa. She told many stories of the stars she saw, I think one of her favorites being Elvis.  She spent many years working at Raby's Plumbing, in Sapulpa, she did everything from bookkeeping to crawling under houses to repair plumbing (yes, she was a licensed plumber). She also worked for the City of Jenks for a time. Most recently working for the past 15 years for American Leak Detection, in Jenks. In addition to her full time jobs it wasn't unusual for her to have several part time bookkeeping jobs, anything from her parents business, Gaynor's Custom Meat Processing, to Hilltop Salvage, a friend’s home run business, to a cosmetology school and The M.e.t. Working at The M.e.t the past 17 years got her started recycling. She was very adamant that we continued taking her recycling for her during her illness. These jobs were so important to her and she loved her coworkers so much that even in her final days she was still worried about if her jobs were complete. Even in the hospital she was telling us to make sure her jobs has the phone # to the room so they could call if they had any questions. Ronda loved to travel; she loved the mountains, the ocean, and traveling to Europe to visit her friends. There are many stories of trips taken with Ronda.  She was known as our family photographer, always having a camera or two in hand at every event.  She loved her faith and always looked forward to the Jehovah's Witness assemblies and conventions. She loved going in service to share her faith with others.  She was so proud of the children's book, Debbie the Duck that she had written, she tried to act as though she wasn't excited when she was contacted by Rick Wells of Channel 6 for an interview, I think deep down she really was. She loved researching our family genealogy. She spent many hours in the library looking up information and even traveled to other states to obtain more information.  She graduated from Sperry High School in 1966 and always looked forward to the reunions and other homecoming activities.

She was preceded in death by her parents, PJ & Katie Gaynor and many other beloved family members.

She is survived by her sisters, Vicky Jolley & husband Pat of Skiatook, Pam Childers & husband Howard of Inola, and Debi Kidd & husband Randall of Pryor; brother, Gary Gaynor of Tulsa; Heath Gaynor, Skiatook, Heather Gaynor, Claremore, Chris Gaynor, wife Tanya, children Garrett Ayers & Alec Gaynor of Claremore, Josh Gaynor, children, Parker, Madison, & Sidney Gaynor of Tulsa, and also nephews Cody Childers, Rory Childers, & Gary Ray Hurd. She had a total of 8 niece/nephews and 15 great niece/nephews and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was will be missed by many ~

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