Gwendolyn Jane (Sullivan) Emmons, 82, passed away Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, at her home in Grove.
She was born to Wayne and Edna (York) Sullivan on Oct. 31, 1936 in Columbus, Kansas.
She graduated from Cherokee County Community High School in 1954. She attended Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma, and later graduated from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.
Gwen became a licenced pilot while attending OSU. She was a talented vocalist who shared her gift with others throughout her life.
Gwen was an active Girl Scout leader for many years and donated many years of service to the American Red Cross.
She married Col. John E. Emmons in 1957. During this time, Gwen was active in numerous charities and Air Force wives' activities. She was a remarkable hostess and sponsor of many.
After spending several years in Europe, she and her family returned to the U.S.
Gwen moved to Grove in 1992, where she worked at Herrelson Motor Company, managed the Hickory In Motel, and in recent years was a substitute teacher within the Grove Public School system.
Her greatest joys were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved them dearly and treasured her time with them.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Col. John E. Emmons and her brother, John Robert Sullivan.
Survivors include a son, John Emmons, Grove; two daughters: Julie Miller, Afton, and Sharon Mical, Miami; five grandchildren: Devon Miller and wife, Alexandria, Austin Miller, and Hanna and Hailey Mical, all of Oklahoma City, and John Emmons and wife, Nayeli, Afton; and three great-grandchildren: Kimberly and Olivia Emmons, Afton, and Sullivan Aubrey Miller, Oklahoma City.
She is also survived by a brother, Jerry Sullivan and wife, Pat, Grove; two sisters: Joyce Carr, Tyler Texas and Karen Pyne and husband, Larry, Miami, and one sister-in-law, Connie Sullivan, Wamego, Kansas.
A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11, at the community room at the Hickory Inn, 2320 South Main, Grove.