Mary Rose Smith Gourd, of Tulsa, passed away on July 13 at the age of 79. She was born Nov. 29, 1931 to Irene Bruce and John Claude Smith.
She attended Hominy High School and graduated in 1949. On January 24, 1959, she and Neil Gourd married and their union lasted 49 years. Mary met Neil while working at Dowell Chemical as a clerk. She also worked at Southwest Computer Service as a keypunch operator and she was the director of a preschool at Sequoyah Hills Baptist Church from November 1970 to May 1978. In addition to the paid position as director of the preschool, she later worked in the clothing closet ministry at SHBC from 1994 to 2004. She served there as director for a good number of those years. She also worked at F&M Bank until she retired.
Mary’s profession of faith was at Immanuel Baptist Church in Tulsa on March 16, 1958. She was baptized there on August 16, 1969. She transferred her membership to SHBC on April 20, 1969.
Survivors include her son, Michael Swope of Owasso and his wife, Joan Swope; daughter Marilyn Shirley of Muskogee and her husband, Tommy Shirley; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Edward Neil Gourd, son John Edward Gourd, and daughter Susan Gail Gourd.