Ethel French, 81, of Oklahoma City, Okla. (formerly of Dexter) died on Aug. 21, 2007. She was born Feb. 19, 1926, in Essex to Edmond and Iva (Morrison) Gisi. At Dexter, Ethel worked nine years as a seamstress making Tom Sawyer boys apparel at the Elder Mfg. Co. She then worked nine months at Missouri Utilities Company before moving in 1960, with her family to Oklahoma City when her husband, Earl, was employed by the Federal Aviation Agency as an A&P aircraft mechanic. Ethel was successful in mastering a banking and managing degree for herself by attending classes at the Saving and Loan Institute, at Oklahoma City Community College and the University of Oklahoma. Ethel had also been successful in encouraging her two children to obtain a good education. Her daughter, Sue, is a graduate of Oklahoma University, then went on to achieve her masters degree in business. Her son Allan is also an Oklahoma University Alumni. He has received a master degree and obtained his doctor of philosophy in administration. Her only granddaughter, Leigh, graduated from University of Central Oklahoma with a bachelors in nursing. Her 10 year old great-grandson, Aaron was the apple of her eye and can sometimes outsmart all of them. Ethel believed in long term commitments. She had been married to her husband Earl for over 64 years. She had been a member of Modern Woodman Fraternity for over 60 years. She was employed by Union Bank for 22 years. Eighteen of those years she was asst. vice president and manager of a full service branch. Being unhappy with retirement life, she obtained her real estate license and became a realtor for Genesis Real Estate, selling houses for three years. She was also a member of the University of Oklahoma Delta Upsilon Fraternity Mother's Association, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, the National Democratic Committee, and the American Business Women's Association (ABWA). She had earned ABWA's National Hand of Friendships Awards of Golden Sapphire Star by sponsoring 39 new members, and she was a National Inner Circle member. She had several years of perfect attendance. She was very dedicated and supportive of Redbud Chapter's fundraising events. She was thoughtful of others and was voted Woman of the Year in 1979, 1989 and 2006.
She was of the Baptist faith and accepted Christ late in life.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend who will be greatly missed. Ethel left wonderful memories with her husband, Earl; son, Allan; daughter, Sue Lutz; granddaughter, Leigh Hagan; great-grandson, Aaron Hagan, all of Oklahoma City; brothers, Charles and Wilbert Gisi of Essex; sister, Jo Hice of Dexter; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other loving relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by father, Edmond Gisi and mother, Iva Gisi of Essex; brothers, Glennon Gisi of St. Louis, Raymond and Harold Gisi of Essex, brother and sister, Eugene and Stella Gisi of Dexter.
Visitation for family and friends will be 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007 at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home.
Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Martin Goode, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007, at the funeral home chapel with burial to follow at Dexter Cemetery.