Cherokee-Funeral service for Goldie Guffy, 90, will be Monday, November 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Prairie Valley United Methodist Church south of Cherokee with Rev. Kaela Burdge officiating. Viewing will be Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 6 p.m. with the family present from 4:00 to 6:00. Memorials may be given to Cherokee Fire Department through the funeral home. www.lanmanmemorials.com
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Goldie Tyler Guffy, lovingly known to so many as Grandma Goldie, was born in Elbert, West Virginia on March 2, 1926 to Joseph and Esther Kiraly. She was one of eleven children. She went home to be with Jesus on November 9, 2016.
Goldie was raised in Akron, Ohio and moved to Cherokee, Oklahoma in 1944. She married Lawrence Tyler on November 28, 1946 and the couple made their home in Cherokee where they raised their daughter, Dawn Ann. Lawrence served in WWII and was mobilized for the Korean War. He came home to Cherokee, where he was a lineman and volunteer firefighter and eventually dispatched for the City of Cherokee until he retired. Lawrence passed away in 1981. After his passing, Goldie became a member of Prairie Valley United Methodist Church, and it goes without saying her favorite times spent there were watching J.D. and Jace in the Christmas programs and attending the wonderful church dinners followed by the Singspirations.
Goldie married Lester Guffy in 1988. Together, they split their time between Goldie’s home in Cherokee and Lester’s home north of the Great Salt Plains Fish Hatchery until Lester’s death in 1999.
Many local people remember Goldie’s time working at the Max Theatre in Cherokee where she must have sold thousands of tickets over the years. Following her movie theatre days, she began working for Smith Drug Store, where she worked for nearly 60 years. The Eash and Hawkins family drug store became much like her home away from home, and so enjoyed those years with everyone there.
Grandma Goldie’s life revolved around her grandsons, J.D. and Jace. Whether it was a ball game, track meet, stock show or anything in between, she was always there to cheer them on as their number one fan. And regardless of the holiday or where they were, she never failed to send cards for every holiday, which most often contained her signature gift – the two-dollar bill.
Goldie was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Lawrence Tyler and infant son, Kevin of Cherokee; her five brothers; two sisters and her late husband, Lester Guffy of Byron.
She is survived by her daughter, Dawn Ann and husband, Jeff White of Cherokee; her grandson, J.D., his wife, Lisa and son, Parker of Enid, Oklahoma, her grandson, Jace and his wife, Randi of Oklahoma City; her sister, Eleanor Harn of Palm Desert, California, her sister, Margaret Savarese of Port St. Lucie, Florida, her sister, Esther DeGraff of Cleveland, Ohio; her sister-in-law, Rosa Gillette and husband, Fred of Forney, Texas, her sister-in-law, Eva Jack of Sacramento, California and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Grandma Goldie, you touched so many lives over the years...you were very loved and will be missed by all.
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I am so sorry for your loss she will be missed and she was sweet lady I know she had her moments but she was special to me.
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