Teal Pemberton, 55, passed away Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, after a brief illness.
A resident of Ardmore for almost 20 years, Teal served Noble Research Institute for almost two decades. She was a devoted wife and mother, and an active community volunteer.
Marda Teal Pemberton was born Dec. 30, 1963, in Tulsa, to Billy Mack and Marda Lea Gamble. She spent her youth in Tulsa and graduated from Nathan Hale High School in 1982. During school, Teal was a member of the pompom and cheer squads, and the softball team, which won the 1979 ASA National Tournament Girls Fast Pitch Junior Division Championship. An avid reader and enthusiastic learner, Teal frequented the Dean’s Honor Roll during her school years.
Teal attended Abilene Christian University (ACU) after high school. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, while at ACU. She also met her husband, Ray Pemberton, in the student store. The pair dated for five years, while they finished their undergraduate degrees.
Teal and Ray wed on May 8, 1989, and lived in Abilene. Teal worked for Hendrick Medical Center from 1990-1997. She served in various positions before being promoted to assistant director of human resources.  
On Jan. 15, 1995, Teal and Ray welcomed son, Raymond Samuel Pemberton, to the family. The Pemberton’s moved to Oklahoma City two years later. Teal was accepted into the University of Oklahoma College of Law, earning her Juris Doctorate in 2000.
In September of that same year, the family relocated to Ardmore, where Teal became the director of human resources for Noble Research Institute (formally known as The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation).
In addition to supporting her family and her active career, Teal volunteered throughout her community, serving on volunteer boards and various professional association boards.
Teal’s hobbies include reading and studying genealogy. A lifelong learner, Teal returned to ACU to earn a master’s degree in mediation and conflict resolution in 2016.
She is survived by her husband, Ray; son, Sam; brothers, Britt and Reed Gamble; uncle, Carl Carlile; aunt Maurine Pendleton; brothers-in-law, Robert and Billy Pemberton; sisters-in-law, Becky Pemberton, Renee Guerra and Priscilla Gamble; nieces, Brianna Tucker, Katelyn Weaver and Annabella Gamble; nephews, Merrick Gamble, Brian Pemberton, Gabriel Gamble, David Guerra and Daniel Guerra; cousins, Leslie Morgan Lanier, Lisa Laverne Lanier, Camille (Carlile) Corley, Todd Carlile, Ron and Becky Gamble, Terry and Roma (Gamble) Martin, Guy and Lesa Gamble, Mike and Robin Gamble, Renee (Gamble) Brightwell and Reagan Gamble, Robin Gamble, Ann Gamble as well as many friends and coworkers.  
She was preceded in death by her parents, and cousins, Linda Jo Lanier, Marlee Lanier and Pat Gamble.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at the Church of Christ on Merrick Drive in Ardmore with Ron Benedick and Mike Cawley officiating. A visitation for family and friends will be Monday from 5:30-7 p.m. at the funeral home. The service arrangements will be handled by Craddock Funeral Home.  
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Teal’s memory to Sam’s Place: A New Beginning for Deaf Orphans in Kenya www.samsplacekenya.org or the Church of Christ Africans Missions (South 11th  and Willis) 3309 South 11th Street, Abilene, Texas 79605 www.willischurchfamily.org.
Online condolences may be made at craddockfuneralhome.com.