Funeral services for Diana Ruth Yates Gray, 61, of Purcell will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Lexington. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Purcell under the direction of the Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.
Mrs. Gray passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019 surrounded by loved ones.
Diana Ruth Yates was born October 1, 1957 in Purcell, Okla., the second of four children born to Willie Dean Yates and Joan Cecilia (Bennett) Yates. Raised in Purcell, she attended Purcell schools, graduating with the Class of 1975.
While in High school, Diana was the Vice President of her class and the biggest fan/supporter of her Dragons. She also began working as a Candy Striper at Purcell Municipal Hospital. This experience altered her course in life, leading to a lifelong career as a Nurse.
Determined, Diana first obtained her VNA, and later her LPN license at the Vo-Tech with the help of her teacher and mentor, Verniece James. Also while at the Vo-Tech, she was elected as the first ever state President of HOSA in 1975. She eventually attended OCCC in Oklahoma City, becoming an RN in 2000.
She started her career working at nursing homes and then spent many years working for Dr. Edward Lee before going into home health care. In the last years she decided to make a change and started working in hospice care.
Diana dedicated her life in the caring for others. She was an excellent nurse, worthy of her calling, and blessed many people in her career. She was witty, fun loving, outgoing and a tad bit eccentric. She could brighten anyone’s day with a good laugh.
Diana was a proud mother to daughter, Cheri and sons, Terry Jr. and Bruce, and she cherished being Nana to Cecilia, Eithyn, Kadein, Adrienne, Alexis, Levi, Keilen and Kyndelyn.
She loved her Purcell Dragons and her community but also became the loudest supporter of the Wayne Bulldogs as Nana Bulldog.
Diana was a woman of great faith. She served as the Youth and Children’s Director at Johnson Road Baptist Church for many years before becoming a member of the First Baptist Church in Lexington. And in her own words, Diana would tell you, “It’s no brag, just fact”. She will be dearly missed by her family, friends, co-workers, patients and many others!
She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Joan Yates.
Diana is survived by her daughter, Cheri Lyn Coker and husband, Donnie, of Blanchard, Okla.; sons, Terry Wayne Gray Jr. of Miami, Okla., and Bruce Gray and wife, Jamie, of Purcell; sisters, Karen Gilleland and husband, Doug, of Dibble and Gail Cheatwood and husband, Larry, of Lexington; brother, Stephen Yates of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren, Cecilia, Eithyn, Kadein, Adrienne, Alexis, Levi, Keilen, and Kyndelyn and a host of other family and friends.
Online condolences may be made at wilsonlittle.com.