Ethel Gildhouse

Ethel Marie Gildhouse, longtime Newkirk resident, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, at her home following a long battle with heart disease and other physical problems. She was 77.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday,  Jan. 3, 2020, in the Newkirk Cemetery with Rev. Jason M. Ravan, minister of the First Baptist Church of Newkirk, officiating. There will be no viewing at any time. Miller-Stahl Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Ethel Gildhouse’s name and designated for heart disease research to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 NE 13th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104-9930.

The daughter of Homer Reed Rowe and Edna Rose (Patterson) Rowe, Ethel was born Jan. 1, 1942, in Winfield. She grew up and received her education in Winfield and graduated from Winfield High School in 1959. Following graduation she became employed at the Winfield State Hospital.

On May 25, 1970, Ethel and Floyde Ardell Gildhouse were married in Arkansas City. They established their first home in Arkansas City, moving a year later to Newkirk where they lived the rest of their married life. Ethel continued her work at the Winfield State Hospital and retired as an operating room technologist after 20 years of service with the hospital. Mr. Gildhouse died Dec. 3, 2007.

Ethel was a member of First Baptist Church. She had several special interests. She enjoyed crocheting and sewing. She relished good puzzle books. She was “sidewalk superintendent” watching her husband work in the garden, but she excelled in cooking and canning what he grew.  She especially enjoyed side trips to the Burger Shack for a cheeseburger or lunch at Kentucky Fried Chicken when she had doctor’s appointments.

In addition to Floyde, her husband of 37 years, Ethel was preceded in death by her parents and her two brothers, Rural Albert Rowe and Alan Rowe.

Ethel is survived by her son, Verndell H. Gildhouse of Ankara, Turkey; her daughter, Fern Gail Gildhouse of Ponca City; a granddaughter, Zerrin Balkaya and her husband Ozgur, and a great-grandson, Can Balkaya, all of Keysborough, Australia; a nephew, Randy Allan Rowe of Arkansas City; and a niece, Kristy Lynn (Rowe) Daniel, both of Arkansas City.

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