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Elmwood Cemetery

Woodward, Woodward County, Oklahoma

© Billings Funeral Home
Submitted by: Terry Dudley

Mary Lou Hurst Gaston

June 11, 1927 ~ June 14, 2022

Mary Lou Gaston, 95 year old Woodward resident, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2022 in Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at the First Assembly of God Church. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Mary Lou (Hurst) Gaston was born on June 11, 1927 in Shattuck, Oklahoma to Henry R. and Margaret Delilah (Wingo) Hurst, she was the youngest of 15 kids. She grew up on the family farm near Ft. Supply and attended school in Ft. Supply and Woodward. Mary Lou was a survivor of the Woodward tornado in 1947.

She was united in marriage to John Gaston on June 11, 1945 in Arnett, Oklahoma. They were blessed with three children, Carole, Jerry, and Nita. They made their first home in Woodward and she has lived there since that time.

She was a faithful member of the First Assembly of God Church for over 70 years. She took care of her elderly parents and many others as a leader of her church. For over 50 years she ministered to the elderly and shut ins and also during that time Mary Lou organized and took church services to the nursing homes. She was fiercely independent, devout, and loved by all who knew her.

She is survived by one son, Jerry A. Gaston and wife Thelma of Los Lunas, New Mexico; two daughters: Nita Wiles and husband Terry of Lakeland, Florida, Carole Nelson of Woodward; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, all of her 14 siblings, her husband John Gaston, one great-grandson, Jake Ryan Nelson and son-in-law, Denny Nelson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Assembly of God Mission Fund with the funeral home accepting the contributions.

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