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Edie Ghavidel

February 21, 1935April 23, 2021
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Edie Jane Pyy Ghavidel, passed away with her sweetheart at her bedside on April 23, 2021. Edie was born February 21, 1935 to Lydia Elizabeth Pyy, in Hyannis, Massachusetts. She attended Duxbury High School and Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Growing up, Edie was very involved in school clubs, events, and sports. People were drawn to her because of her leadership skills, kind personality, and loving heart. On December 3, 1983, she married her sweetheart and true love, Fred, and they have spent an amazing 43 years loving each other. She worked as a medical administrative clerk at Integris Baptist Medical Center for many years. Edie enjoyed watching Turner Classic Movies, The Lawrence Welk Show, Wheel of Fortune, and OSU games with Fred. Her life was also made complete by her five daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

To continue her legacy of love, she leaves behind her husband Fred Ghavidel; her daughters Donna Folsom and husband Rick Folsom of Piedmont, OK, Lori Brubaker and husband Ted Brubaker of Arcadia, OK, Teri Gargan and husband Tom Gargan of Fuquay-Varina, NC, Kelly Fisher and husband Bill Fisher of Enid, OK, and Pamela Ghavidel and husband Farid Ghavidel of Edmond, OK; eight grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Chapel Hill Funeral Home on Monday, April 26th from 4 pm to 8 pm. A service to celebrate Edie’s life will be in the Chapel Hill Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, April 27th at 2 pm with a reception in the Chapel Hill Event Center before going to the committal service at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 26, 2021

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

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Lori Brubaker

May 9, 2021

Dearest beautiful Mom,
This is my first Mother’s Day without you. I reached for the phone to call you because that is the first thing I do every Mother’s Day but then realized you’re not here. You are in Heaven where you will always have that beautiful smile.
And it’s been amazing for me to recognize the gigantic positive influence you had over all of your daughters who miss you so terribly today.
We all love you so much and I’m glad we each got to tell you that before you left us.

“Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you…“ ~Edna St Vincent Millay

Pamela Ghavidel

May 2, 2021

Mom,
Do you know what I’d do if I had one more day with you? One more hour with you? One more minute with you? I would hold you and tell you I love you. I would hold you and tell you thank you. And I would hold you and tell you that I will carry you in my heart forever. I am blessed that I was able to do all of things before you found your peace. Be free my angel mom.
Your baby girl, Pam

Lori Brubaker

April 29, 2021

I read this at the service but wanted to share it with everyone. This is Part 1.

Beautiful. Most everyone said that about our mother. Another word somebody used just recently was elegant.​ And we would all say she was kind.

Our mother, Edie, was born in Hyannis on Cape Cod to a single mother and had a very, very challenging childhood. She rarely talked about the sad times. Her mother, Lydia, worked many jobs, mostly in housekeeping as she could find them on and off Cape Cod, as far as Boston. As a result our mom found herself being taken care of by many other families of relatives as she grew up.​

Finally Lydia got a job that kept her and Mom together in Duxbury, just off the Cape but not too far from her favorite cousins, sister and brother Helen and Bob Kahelin, with whom she shared many happy times together. I was blessed to go on two trips with her to relive her memories and I will always cherish them.​

It will not surprise any of you that she was a very popular, smart, lovely, and talented student and friend to many, if not all, at her small Duxbury High School. Mom was in choir, dramatic club, cheerleading, and even played basketball and field hockey. But, mostly, it was the beach that drew her in even excelling in water skiing. She loved the beach. And with no beach in Oklahoma she adored her time at Kelly and Bill's, swimming in the pool with family around her.

I mention all of these things because I wanted you to know and remember the strength of her character and that her early challenging circumstances never stopped Mom from having an enjoyable time and a full life.​​

Lori Brubaker

April 29, 2021

I read this at the service but wanted to share this with everyone. This is Part 2.

After an Air Force life for 20 years moving at least 8 times to such exotic places as....El Paso, Texas (thankfully we did get to go to Germany), our mother found herself single and in Oklahoma. But this is where her life took a turn for the better when she met Fred while he was shopping at JCPenney for shirts. Fred was probably not really there for shirts but when he saw my mother working in the shirt department to support her family, all of a sudden he needed shirts!

​Our mother was her happiest married to Fred with all of her daughters and grandchildren and great-grandchildren close by or within a car’s drive or plane ride away. Fred and Mom enjoyed many trips to Branson, Cape Cod, Maryland and other places but Fred will tell you that she seemed to love Branson best. She was always up for an adventure. Always up for anything that would bring her joy.​

She would ask some her daughters from time to time, “Was I a good mother?” There was never any hesitation from any of us. We always told her the same thing: “YES, you were the best mother in the world!” ​

She answered to many names: Edie, Mom, Muz, Grandma, G-Ma, Great-gram. Whatever name we gave her, she loved us all fully. She loved each and every one of us with her whole heart.

Our mother always had that radiant smile on her face and was always completely interested in what we were all doing in our lives. She did not care if what we had to say was earth-shattering or not, she just loved talking to us about our daily lives: about our jobs, about our hobbies, about our travels, about our gardens and our homes, what our children and our grandchildren and great-grandchildren were doing, and, as all my sisters know, even what we were having for lunch! I think that is one of the things I am going to miss most, hearing the happiness in her voice when she answered the phone and we started talking.

Lori Brubaker

April 29, 2021

I read this at the service but wanted to share it with everyone. This is Part 3.

One of the highlights of every year was her birthday. Many years ago she said that she wanted to spend most of her birthdays with her daughters. So that is what we mostly did. It turned into theme birthday parties. Movie Star, Hippie, Pajama Party, 60s Rock and Roll, Italian Night, and many more. But every year she would ask me, “What is my theme this year?“ And every single year I told her: CLOWNS. We are going to have clowns. For some reason my mother did NOT like clowns. Of course each time she walked through the door, she was surprised and happy and that is always how we wanted her to be: happy. The other highlights for her were Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can all guess why: she had her family around her. Again, it always made her happy.

​The 2020 pandemic robbed us of a whole year to be with her. That is a bitter pill to swallow but, even during that time, she was always smiling and content. We can credit Fred for a lot of that. She was thrilled when he retired and that time he had with just her was precious to her and will always be precious to him.

How fast things in life change but we will each hold onto our own memories but with a hole in our hearts and in our lives because Mom is gone from this Earth and in Heaven now. She will always be remembered. She will always be at peace and she will always and forever have the beautiful smile.

Donna Folsom

April 28, 2021

Not only were you my mom but you were also my best friend. The special connection we had was realized more after I lost you. I miss so so much it hurts but it will ease up as all the wonderful memories start to flood in. I know you are at peace now and I will forever miss your beautiful smiling face. I love you so so much. 💔❤❤

Jodie Hodsdon

April 25, 2021

I will always have special memories of Aunt Edie. She was always kind and happy to include me in the family activities. Arriving by car, by bus, or by plane, she was a welcoming and loving soul. She was soft spoken and always had time to listen. MISS YOU AUNT EDIE!!! REST IN PEACE!!!

--- Love, Jodie

Gwen Gilchrist

April 25, 2021

Dear Donna, Lori, Kelly, Teri, and Pam,

Your mother was such a kind and loving person. I fondly remember the times when you would all be on the Cape together so many years ago when you would stay at your grandmother's house. My mother would be so pleased to have Edie there to visit with her. They had such a strong bond that started during their childhood years and never wavered.

In more recent years, I enjoyed catching up with your mom when she would call our family home the Cape. She was so proud of each of you and your families and would happily fill us in on everyone's greatest accomplishments.

My deepest condolences to you and your families during this difficult time. Aunt Edie was truly a special person who will be greatly missed. Her memory and spirit will live on forever with each of you.

My sincerest sympathy,
Gwen Gilchrist

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