ELGIN - Funeral service for Gay D. [Coody] Blackburn Standridge will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, in the Elgin United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Brian W. Blackburn, Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Pearsall, Texas, and the Rev. Tom Trautman, Pastor of the Elgin United Methodist Church officiating.
Burial will be at Elgin Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Becker- Rabon Funeral Home.
The family will greet friends Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Gay D. [Coody] Blackburn Standridge departed her earthly home on Jan. 26, 2020, at the age of 85 years, 7 months and 20 days. She was born June 6, 1934, to Homer E. Coody and Brooksie B. Wil- son at their home, south of Wichita Mountain Estates.
Gay grew up in Elgin where she lived all of her life and attended Franklin and Elgin Schools. She graduated from Elgin High School in 1953.
She married Billy Wade Blackburn, Sr., in Elgin on August 2, 1952, and to this union, there were four children born. Billy Wade departed this earth on Oct. 31, 1989.
Gay later married Jimmy Standridge in Elgin on June 24, 1994. Jimmy departed this earth on Nov. 25, 2019.
Gay worked for Fort Sill National Bank, American National Bank and retired from Smith & Sons Insurance Agency in May of 1999.
She loved to cook, embroidery and quilt. She also enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s activities and she made a quilt for each of her children.
She was known for her homemade bread and rolls, Coca-Cola cake and homemade peach cobbler. She enjoyed playing dominos and all kinds of cards with her siblings. She also collected Santa Clauses and her oldest granddaughter inherited her collection.
Gay is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law: Laura Davidson and Reggie of Meers; and Reta Tsotigh and John, of Moore; a son and daughter-in-law, the Rev.
Brian W. Blackburn and Suzie of Pearsall, Texas; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her four step-children: Sharon Goodman; Jeff Standridge,; Alan Standridge; Dawn Simp- son and many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Gay was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Billy Wade; second husband, Jimmy; a brother, JT Coody; five sisters: Brooksie B. Coody; Davalene Coody; Violet Loweta Kelln; Naomi Avis Beemer; Charmis Omega Lawson; her son, Billy Wade Blackburn, Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Elgin United Methodist Church, 608 G Street, Elgin, Oklahoma 73538 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Oklahoma Chapter; 2448 E. 81st Street, Suite 3000, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74137.