Veronica "Vicky" Jolley, age 71, of Skiatook went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Claremore.
Vicky was born July 29, 1949 to PJ & Katie Gaynor. She was one of five children. She grew up in the Sperry/Skiatook area, graduating from Sperry High School in 1967. She had three children and four grand children. Her parents owned Gaynor's Custom Meat Processing where she worked along with other family members until it closed in the early 1990s. She continued in the same line of work at Homeland Grocery in South Tulsa. She ended up moving back to Skiatook where she was a fulltime caregiver. It was then she reunited with long time friend Pat Jolley, they were married on September 30, 1993.
She loved collecting Frankoma and was knowledgeable about the pieces and the history. She was also a talented artist, painting sometimes on canvas, other times making business sign for people. She made the stencil & painted the mile marker towers at Will Rogers Downs the year it opened. She did beadwork, made jewelry, and did ceramics, she even had a ceramic shop in Sperry at one time. She was always taking classes to learn new techniques and even won some ribbons at the Tulsa State Fair. She was a member of the Tulsa Ceramic Association, she held an office and helped put on their annual ceramic show. She bought a pottery wheel that she was very excited about, but sadly never got a chance to master pottery making. She loved to garden, her & Pat always had a huge one, she also enjoyed watching the birds outside where she had several feeders.
She loved a good auction, but loved a good garage sale even more. At one point she had three booths at The Antique Depot here in Skiatook. She worked there part time for awhile so she was always finding some sort of treasure to bring home. She eventually had to give up the job and with her daughter's help began to decrease the numbers of booths she had. She was able to help with combining three down to two. Slowly she gave up another, but wasn't able to help when it came time to combine two to one. Then the struggle began, Pat and Heather tried to tactfully express it was time to let the last one go, but quickly realized this wasn't their decision to make, it was hers and only hers. It took about a year and then she gave Heather permission to close down her last booth.
When Pat was diagnosed with cancer she began to tell Pat and Heather that she could drive and help get him to appointments, mind you she hadn't driven in a few years due to her leg injury. It wasn't long after Pat and Vicky got home that Heather received a phone call with Pat saying, "Kid, your momma is out there in that field in her blazer proving she can drive". On that day she regained some of her freedom. With Pat's illnesses she was again in the roll of caregiver even as she battled her own health issues. She even took on the challenge of learning a long side him how to do his dialysis at home, which was an true blessing in his final weeks.
Vicky loved people, she loved her family. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. She loved meeting her sisters, Pam and Debi for lunch to celebrate different occasions. She may have shared her opinion or advice even when it wasn't wanted, but it was because she cared. She was a giver, she would give to others even when it put her in a bind, even when she knew it wouldn't be returned. She had a big heart. Staying in contact was important to her, showing people they were loved by sending them a card for their birthday or Christmas brought her joy. Knowing the joy this brought her her daughter made sure that she had cards at the assisted living to send this past Christmas. While she didn't send nearly as many as normal since it was getting harder for her to write she was still able to get out a few completed to be mailed.
Her health continued to decline into the new year and it quickly became evident that her journey to heaven wasn't far away. On March 11 and 608pm she fell peacefully into the arms of Jesus and he carried home. She is whole again and pain free. The reunion in heaven that evening must have been an absolutely joyous occasion as Vicky was reunited with many loved ones.
Proceeded in death by,
Husband, Floyd "Pat" Melvin Jolley
Sons, James Heath Gaynor & Daniel Joseph Parrish
Parents, Peter "PJ" James Gaynor & Kathryn Marlene (Downs) Gaynor
Sister, Ronda Kay Gaynor & brother, Gary James Gaynor.
Daughter, Heather Gaynor, Claremore
Sister, Pamela (Wilson) Childers & Husband Howard, Inola
Sister Deborah (Gaynor) Kidd, Pryor
Grand children, Tyler Lynch & wife Maddie, Broken Arrow
Corey, Chelsea, & Colton Gaynor, Skiatook
In lieu of flowers feel free to make a donation in her memory to the charity of your choosing or to the bird seed fund at The Courtyards of Claremore (915 East 16th Street, Claremore, Ok 74017)
Thank you to The Courtyards of Claremore and Good Shepherd Hospice for the love and care you provided her and our family.
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