Cheryl Ann Gavin

Cheryl Ann Gavin

OKLAHOMA CITY — Cheryl Ann Gavin, 76, of Oklahoma City died Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. 

Born in Coffeyville on Sept. 14, 1945, Cheryl was the daughter of Robert Laverne and Irene Pearl Canny Moon. She was raised near Mound Valley on a farm that throughout her life, no matter how far from Kansas she strayed, remained her touchstone. 

Cheryl attended Oklahoma Baptist University from 1963 to 1967, where she earned a degree in education. Whether in the classroom or at home, Cheryl’s creative and inventive spirit and love of learning made her a consummate educator. 

For 54 years, she was married to Monty Chester Gavin of Joplin, Missouri, a minister to whom Cheryl would devote her steadfast support through the many places to which God would call them to work, including Baptist Temple Church in Oklahoma City and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in New Mexico. While the Lord would use their faithfulness to reach and serve countless young people, it was often the young people who provided Cheryl and Monty the richest of blessings. 

Cheryl was the mother of three sons, Nathaniel (Lyndsey) Gavin of Plano, Texas, Joel (Angi) Gavin of Edmond, Oklahoma, and Ben Gavin of Oklahoma City. 

Led by her resolute faith in Christ’s redemptive power, Cheryl instilled in her sons many of the qualities, values and character that guided her life. Most of Cheryl’s professional career was defined by her 18-year tenure as a middle school teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She retired from teaching in 2006 to care for her sister, with whom she was the closest of friends.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jack and Bobby; and a sister, Jeanne. She was close to her sisters-in-law, Mary Lee and Barbara. The youngest of her family, Cheryl was close in age and thus close in kinship with her nieces and nephews, all of whom she considered her brothers and sisters. Cheryl’s love for her family grew as her family expanded to include grandchildren, Claire, Landry, Oscar, Elizabeth, Violet, Hunter and Mckenzie. She was always thankful for the love and support of their mothers, Lyndsey, Angi and Brianne. 

A service for Cheryl will take place at Western Way Cowboy Church, 13083 Ottawa Road, at Altamont at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 26. Burial will take place at Mound Valley Cemetery at 2 p.m. 

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