Mary Frances Gebhart, 88, of Grandfield, OK, passed away Sunday, June 24, 2018, in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 28, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church in Grandfield with Tara Brown, Lay Minister, and Rev. Micky Miller, pastor of The First Baptist Church, Grandfield, officiating.
Interment will be in the Grandfield Memorial Cemetery.
There will be a visitation for family and friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Gray Funeral Home.
Arrangements are under the direction of Gray Funeral Home, Grandfield.
Mary Frances was born May 16, 1930, in Temple, OK, to John Peter and Lula Ethel (Davis) Aubry. They moved to Grandfield when she was three years old. She grew up and attended Grandfield Schools, graduating with the Class of 1948 as Salutatorian. She married A.M. "Pete" Gebhart on August 25, 1948 at the Walters Catholic Church. She was a dedicated farm wife, driving wheat trucks, taking meals to the field, going after parts, pulling cotton trailers, and building cotton modules. She joined the Catholic Church, played the organ there, and was active in the Altar Society. In 2009 she returned to the First Presbyterian Church of Grandfield, where she attended church as a child.
Mary Frances, Waneta Catlege, Joyce Varner, Mary Ruth Dwyer, and James Don Gray got their EMT License and took over the Ambulance Service when Grandfield was about to lose this service. Through donations, they bought a van and equipped it to be an ambulance. She did everything from delivering babies to performing CPR on her friends. She also served on the Grandfield City Council. She was asked to finish one term as Mayor and then was elected Mayor for another term in 1979. She was named as Grandfield's Outstanding Citizen in 1976. In 1986, Mary Frances was cited by ASCOG for her efforts for making Grandfield a better place to live. She loved to knit and sew, and she volunteered to teach her skills to many people.
She was a prolific bridge player for many years. She later began playing Mahjong and hosted a regular group in her home two days a week. Mary Frances would go up to newcomers to Grandfield and invite them to join the group. Her home was open to everyone, and she loved to entertain family and friends.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the volunteers, nurses, doctors, and staff of the Hospice of Wichita Falls for the loving care given to their mother and her family.
Survivors include one son David Scott Gebhart and his husband, Frederick Rayner of Dallas, TX; two daughters, Melissa Gebhart of Alto, New Mexico and Teena Marie Ingram and husband, David of Devol, OK; grandchildren, Corby Ingram and his fiance Pamela Pack, Kristi Brooks and her husband, Sean, Kaci Reed and her husband, Andrew, and Leslie McDonel; and her great grandchildren, Bode and Braylon Brooks, Kodi and Mason Reed, and Brice Ingram.
She is preceded in death by her parents, John Peter and Lula Ethel (Davis) Aubry; her husband, A. M. "Pete" Gebhart; and her brother, J.R. Aubry; and numerous brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, https://www.howf.org/donate, 4909 Johnson Road, Wichita Falls, TX 76310 or Grandfield Ambulance Service, P. O. 655, Grandfield, OK 73546.