WILSON — Funeral services for Nelda Gaye (Baxley) Dewbre, 66, longtime resident of Courtney Flatts, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Alexander Funeral Home Chapel of Wilson with the Rev. Terry Tolbert officiating. Interment will follow at Belleville Bourland Cemetery in Courtney.
Nelda Gaye (Baxley) Dewbre was born August 26, 1946, at Gainesville, Texas, to the late Clifford Teague Baxley and Cleo B. (Banks) Baxley. She departed this life Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at her home in Healdton.
Gaye was a resident of Courtney all of her life. She attended school there until its closing and then attended school at Ringling graduating from Ringling High School in 1964. She attended college at East Central University where she received a bachelor's degree in education. She was a teacher initially at Clayton and then at Madill for seven years. During the summer of 1976, she was taking some fiddle lessons from Glen Dewbre. They soon fell in love and were married on June 25, 1976, at Ardmore, by Judge Gary Blevins. They made their home together at Courtney Flatts and Gaye taught school as a kindergarten teacher and music teacher at Turner Schools. She was employed at Turner Schools from 1976 to 2003. Glen preceded her in death on April 9, 2009. After his passing, Gaye moved to Healdton to be with her son. During her pastimes, she loved to play the piano or keyboard and also read novels. She was a member of the Courtney Methodist Church where she attended all of her life.
Also preceding her in death were her parents, Clifford and Cleo Baxley; and a brother, Malcolm Baxley.
Survivors include her son, John C. Dewbre and wife, Carrie of Healdton; cousin, Georgann Spivey of Pauls Valley; and numerous family and friends.
Pallbearers are Gene Jackson, Paul Jackson, Randall Jackson, Wendell Thornton, Larry Smith and W.A. McClain.
Honorary bearer is Henry Heidelburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cross Timbers Hospice, 207 C St. NW, Ardmore, OK 73401.
The family will be receiving friends at the home of John Dewbre in Healdton.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.alexanderfuneralhome.org.