Mary Rose Smith Gourd of Tulsa, Oklahoma, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at the age of 79. She attended Hominy High School, graduating in 1949. About ten years later, on January 24, 1959, she and Neil Gourd married and were married for 49 years. Mary met Neil while working at Dowell Chemical as a clerk. She also worked at Southwest Computer Service as a keypunch operator and she was the director of a preschool at Sequoyah Hills Baptist Church for seven years – November 1970 to May 1978. In addition to the paid position as director of the preschool, she later worked in the clothing closet ministry at SHBC from 1994 to 2004, serving as director for a good number of those years. She also worked at F&M Bank until she retired. Mary’s profession of faith was at Immanuel Baptist Church in Tulsa on March 16, 1958. She was baptized there on August 16, 1969. She transferred her membership to SHBC on April 20, 1969. Her survivors include her son, Michael Swope of Owasso and his wife, Joan Swope; daughter Marilyn Shirley of Muskogee and her husband, Tommy Shirley; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She is preceded by husband Edward Neil Gourd, son John Edward Gourd, and daughter Susan Gail Gourd.
- Date & Time: July 16, 2011 (1:30 PM)
- Venue: Sequoyah Hills Baptist Church
- Location: 714 N. Harvard Tulsa, OK 74110 - (Get Directions)
- Date & Time: July 15, 2011 (1:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
- Venue: Butler-Stumpff & Dyer Funeral Home & Crematory
- Location: 2103 E 3rd St Tulsa, OK 74104 - (Get Directions)