Opal Marie Thayer, 90, of Sallisaw, formerly of Muskogee, died Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Sallisaw. She was born April 13, 1923 in Sallisaw, the daughter of William and Ida Mae (Gregory) Maynard. She lived and worked in California returning to Sallisaw where she worked as a caregiver and cook. Opal married Frank Gann and later married Edward E. “Bumpy” Thayer and the couple made Muskogee their home.
Opal had a servant’s heart. She enjoyed baking, cooking, sewing, and spending time with her family. She taught herself to play the guitar.
Edward preceded her in death on September 10, 1996. She was also preceded in death by her parents, eight sisters, seven brothers, two grandsons and one great-granddaughter.
She is survived by: two daughters, Geneva Mae Rogers and her husband, Johnny, of Phoenix, AZ and Ellen Watts and her husband, Jimmy, of Sallisaw, OK; two sons, Bobby Gene Gann and his wife Ann of Muldrow, OK and Jerry Wayne Gann and his wife, Terry, of Muskogee; step-daughter Gail Carmen Hughes of Ft. Smith, AR; eleven grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren and thirteen great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Maudie Powell of Bakersfield, CA; one brother Coy Ray Maynard of Shafter, CA and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum with Pastor Roger Pratt officiating.
Funeral services arrangements are under the direction of Foster-Petering Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may be made at www.foster-petering.com