Violet Irene Gann Wheeler

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Oct 2, 2012 - 4:31:28 PM

Violet Irene Gann Wheeler, 92, of Duncan died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, in Duncan.
Services are planned for Thursday, Oct. 4, at 1:30 p.m. at Gospel Beams Church, with the Rev. Ray Ledbetter officiating. Interment will follow at the Foster Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Don Grantham Funeral Home in Duncan.
A visitation for family and friends was scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Don Grantham Funeral Home.
Irene was born June 2, 1920, in Claud to Lewis Henry and Annie Lee (Ridgell) Ferguson. She was born again and baptized as a teenager and consistently lived a Godly and devoted Christian life all through the years until her death. Irene attended school at Claud and Mountain View until her mother died, whereupon at age 15, she moved with her older sister Bertha to Oklahoma City, where she attended Capitol Hill High School. In 1942, Irene met a tall, handsome bachelor who was teaching and coaching at Lindsay High School. She and that bachelor, Chauncey Ray Gann, were married on Jan. 4, 1943. For 25 years, they lived in the Foster and Doyle communities, where they farmed and raised Hereford cattle and Hampshire hogs, as well as three children, Jim, Zora and Wayne. During that time, Irene was an active member of the Garvin County extension homemakers club and Mountain View Community Church.
Because of Chauncey’s poor health, they sold the farm in 1968 and moved to Marlow, where Irene’s beloved husband died on May 15, 1970. On Sept. 15, 1984, Irene married a wonderful Christian man, Leonard A. Wheeler, and moved to his home in Duncan. They had 12 happy years together before Leonard preceded her in death on Oct. 21, 1996. Irene was a faithful member of Gospel Beams Church in Duncan as long as she was able to attend; and even after strokes had disabled her, she always wanted to know, “Is this a church night?” Her family feels so blessed to have had a Godly mother and Granny. Everyone will remember Granny Gann, aka Granny Wheeler, aka “Reenie Pooh,” as a loving, beautiful, witty person. She was just “cute.” Her family will miss her deeply, but will continue their lives here with the certainty that they will see her again in heaven.
In addition to her husbands, Irene was preceded in death by her oldest son, Jimmy Dean Gann, who died on July 25, 2007; a stepson, Glen Wheeler; her parents; and her siblings, Carrie Lee (Ferguson) Pate, George Ira (Bill) Ferguson, Ora Druscilla (Ferguson) Goodwin, William Thell Ferguson, Carl Henry Ferguson, Bertha Inez (Ferguson) Harrell, and a sister, Ida Bell Ferguson, who died at age 3.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Zora Ann and Thomas Johnson of Duncan; a son and daughter-in-law, Chauncey Wayne and Diane Gann of Duncan; a daughter-in-law, Laura Gann of Houma, La.; a stepdaughter-in-law, Billie Wheeler of Stroud; six grandchildren, Michele Gann Robichaux and Tim of Thibodaux, La., Melanie Gann Aubin and Jaime of Thibodaux, Melissa Gann Zink and Damian of Bowling Green, Ky., and their mother, Barbara Gann of Thibodaux, Lana Johnson Walker and Jeff of Duncan, Marla Johnson Hicks and Jason of Duncan, Clint Gann and Molly of Marlow, and Clint’s mother, Carolyn Lowe of Marlow.
Also surviving are stepgrandchildren, Rene Wood and Bill of Cleburne, Texas, Misty Rasmussen and Chris of Wasilla, Alaska, Trevor Bussey of Houma, Trent Bussey and Karen of New Orleans, La., Kim Wheeler and Marilyn of Stroud, and Gay Wheeler Trivett of Stillwater; 34 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a grand-dog, Freddy.
Pallbearers are Clint Gann, Jeff Walker, Jason Hicks, Jedidiah Walker, Jackson Hicks and Scott Dean.
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