In Memory




1941 - 2017 Obituary                                      


October 11, 1941 - September 24, 2017 OKLAHOMA CITY Jeanette Louise Willet, 75, passed away on September 24th, 2017 in Oklahoma City, OK. Jeanette was born in Tulsa to Elva and Ted Swan on October 11, 1941. During her toddler years, she moved to Oklahoma City. She was active in the youth group and choir at First Presbyterian Church and attended Harding High School. She matriculated to Oklahoma State University where she pledged Zeta Tau Alpha and majored in Early Childhood Education. She was selected for a prestigious research fellowship in child and family development at the Merrill Palmer Institute in Detroit and upon her return completed her Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of Oklahoma.In 1966, she married Jerry Gilbert. They had two children, Brett and Christie. The family lived in Heritage Hills where Jeanette played an active role in starting the Heritage Hills Historic Neighborhood Association. She was recently honored at their 50 year anniversary event for being one of the 5 "Women of Heritage" who had contributed to historic neighborhood preservation over the 50 years since the neighborhood's inception.Jeanette was always an active volunteer in the community. In addition to her work with children in inner city neighborhoods, she was an active volunteer in the Symphony League, the Lyric Guild Board, the Orchestra League, Westminster Presbyterian Church, the United Way, Touchstone School, the Science Museum and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, to name a few.Jeanette worked over 40 years as a social worker. Some of her positions were through DHS in foster care evaluation and placement, Visiting Nurses Association, Hospice Care, and discharge planning for Baptist Integris Hospital. She said her role as a social worker was to find the talents of the people she was helping and to figure out how to foster those talents to help make them a better person. As a social worker, her gift as a listener and advocate for others carried over into her personal life. She was the kind of person who took time to listen or to send a note, whether of congratulation, concern, sympathy, or just to let you know she was thinking about you. In 1998, she married John Willet III. They both stayed active at First Presbyterian Church. She and John also became involved in the St. Luke's United Methodist Church's Upper Room Sunday School class, where they made lifelong friendships. They enjoyed many happy years together, including extensive world travels, before her death.She is survived by her husband, John Willet III, her children, Richard Brett Gilbert and his wife Kitty Gilbert of Jenks and their son James Hartman, Christie Kendrick and her husband David Kendrick of Tulsa and their children Katherine, Matthew, Benjamin, and Joseph, and son David Willet of Oklahoma City.Visitation will be held at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 13313 N. Kelley Ave., Oklahoma City, on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 4:00pm-8:00pm, with family present from 6:00pm-7:00pm. The funeral will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4400 N. Shartel, Oklahoma City, on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to United Way.

Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 27, 2017


By Year Deceased Alphabetically Yearbook Photo

Mary Margaret Renegar (Jordan)  

Gary Hatch  
Bob Milner
Jeannette Swan (Willet)  
Joey Wheeler  

Earl Armstrong  

Mary Pat McGinnis (Burrell)  

Larry Bisel  
Charles Carradine  
Claude Hamon  
Elizabeth Lawley (Little)  

Phil McCowan  
Kaye Middleton (Fillmore)  
Del Ray Williams  

Berry Miller  
Mary Stuart (VanMeter)  
Shannon Welborn (Holcomb)  

John Huff  
Jane Pemberton (Campbell)  
Jerry Smith  

Ronnie Kinkead  

Bill Buckley  
Robert Goldfield  
Donna Kay Thompson (Cream)  

Len Coleman  
Don Roberts  
John Tarr  
Donna Turner (Pierce)  

Jim Thomas  

Beverly Bolender (Mulder)  

Jimmie Kaker  
Jeanette Mann (Stewart)  

Auburn Odom  
Mary Lou Rinehart (Finley)  

Byrne Bowman  
Ellen Roach (Hodges)  
Don Spence  

Carole Coley (King)  

Bill Cochran  

Jerry Hepp  

Dallas Barnett  
Milton Compton  
Charles Harris  

Robert Rowe  

Pat Sherrill  

David Jackson  

John Whitten  

George Issacs  

Barry Srago  

Jerry Masheter  

Jesse Bale  
Duncan Gilfillan  
Sam Jones  
Yvonne Latham  
Gary Lewis  
Dick Martin  
Marie O'Dell (Smith)  
Teddy Rice  
Danny Schaul  
Eldean Schott  
Paula Sharp (Dorsey)  
Bonnie Speck  
Charles Sullivan  

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