Izella Lorene Gilmore

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Izella Lorene Gilmore

August 18, 1934 - May 29, 2018

Izella Lorene Gilmore Izella Lorene (Merriman) Gilmore was born August 18, 1934 in Stanley, Pushmataha County, Oklahoma to Offie M. Merriman and Frances Belle (Weems) Merriman.
Izella who was fondly called Ike since school days, grew up and attended school in the mountains of Southeastern Oklahoma. She moved to the Oklahoma City area in about 1957 and to Norman, in 1958 when she married Johnny Gilmore. She has lived in Norman since 1958 where she raised her four children.
Ike was an avid OU football and Thunder basketball fan. She watched all the games.
In September 1987, Ike became a Host Mother for the English Language School. She hosted students until 2014. So many students came through her home form around the world, enjoyed her good hospitality and being a part of her large family. Many of the students came back to visit and called often. She was the best at giving of herself. She enjoyed cooking and having her family together for birthdays and holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. Everyone was made welcome that sat down at her table. She had many, many friends and loved ones.
Ike is survived by her children, Mike (and Michelle) Gilmore, Jeanna (and Kenneth) Davis, Johnny (Rusty) (and Tammie) Gilmore and Amber (and Zane) McElreath; 9 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 1 step-great-grandchild; and 2 great, great-grandchildren; one brother, Charles Merriman, of Norman, Oklahoma; two sisters, Phyllis Lee of Superior, Colorado and Alice Courtney, of Clayton, Oklahoma; and numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.
Ike passed away May 29, 2018 peacefully at home surrounded by her family. She will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM, June 2, 2018 at Alameda Baptist Church, Norman, OK. Burial will be held at IOOF Cemetery, Norman, OK.
Published on May 31, 2018
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