Jean Allene Gifford Gill, 94, passed from this life on Feb. 9, 2018 in Ardmore, Okla.  
Allene was born to Jay Gould Gifford and Nora Mae (Brewer) Gifford on April 2, 1923, near the rural community of Etowah, Oklahoma, in eastern Cleveland County.  She grew up on a quarter section farm with six brothers and four sisters.  Workdays were long and life was hard, as the family struggled to survive in the Great Depression of the 1930s.    
Allene received her early education at Etowah in a small two-room schoolhouse.  After one year at Macomb High School, she enrolled at Noble High School. To board the school bus, she had to walk to a neighbor’s home a quarter mile away, which was the last stop on the bus route.  She earned three letters from 1937 to 1939 and was captain of the Noble High School girls basketball team.
Allene met Roy Leon Gill at an Indian pow-wow at Little Axe.  In the following months their romance blossomed, and they were married in Noble, Okla. in the parsonage of the Methodist Church on September 23, 1939.  In addition to their wedding vows, they affirmed a partnership that would define their marriage --Leon would make the money and Allene would make the home, a pledge they honored for nearly 73 years, until Leon’s  death in 2012.  Leon served in the Navy in WW II, while he provided for their three children from Leon’s meager military service pay.  
Allene and her family lived in Norman, Chickasha, and Lindsay, cities where Leon worked as an electrician. Later in their retirement years they moved to Ardmore, where Allene and Leon attended Asbury United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church of Ardmore.  She participated in annual reunions of the Etowah school and community placed a brick on the wall at the Noble High School honoring former students of grade schools in Southern Cleveland County, now closed.  
Allene and Leon were part of what has been referred to as “America’s Greatest Generation.”  They endured the hardships and deprivations of growing up in the Great Depression, and early in their marriage made great personal sacrifices to support of America’s participation in WWII.  Their lives were shaped by these events and reflected the  sacrifices they made to their country and to the legacy they left for family.   
Allene’s passion in life was her family and her home. Her work ethic was legendary in the Gill family. Her home was spotless and clothes were cleaned, starched, and ironed.  “You may be poor but you don’t have to be dirty” was her mantra. Her love for her children was tough love—and like her pies, prepared with discipline and served with love.  Beneath that crust laid the fruit of her love — family and friends, the underdog, stray cats, her beautiful flower gardens, and anyone who agreed with her.
Allene is survived by:  brothers, Melvin Gifford, Bill Gifford and wife Odessa, and sister, Lahreta Gifford; children, Barbara Ann Gill Howard, Camano Island, Washington, Melva Jean Gill Smith and husband Thurman, Ardmore, Oklahoma, and Jerry Leon Gill and wife Susan, Stillwater, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Kim Howard, Karen Kalnins Kelly Smith, Bryan Smith, Derek Gill, Lance Gill, Andrea Gill Carter, and Tiffany Gill Lenhart; twelve great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.  
A brief graveside service will accompany burial of  remains in the Rose Hill cemetery in Ardmore, at a later date.  
Cremation with Care provided by Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory where condolences to the family may be left online at