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Tori Rene Gregory

May 17, 1970May 8, 2020

Tori René Gregory passed away May 7,2020, in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

She was born on May 17, 1970 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the daughter of Mitch and Sharon Gregory. She was a loving and compassionate person who loved horses, cats, books and quilts. She had the most beautiful smile that could light up your heart. She graduated from Bishop McGinnis High School in 1988. She then went to William Wood College with a double major in Equestrian Science and English, graduating in 1992. She later graduated from Texas Women’s College with a Masters in Library Science. She was a librarian in several Texas colleges before coming back to Oklahoma as a research librarian at Oklahoma State University. While at Oklahoma State, she published several articles, was on several national committees, and obtained tenure. She had rheumatoid arthritis at an early age, which affected her daily responsibilities at Oklahoma State, and brought her career to an early end. She later became involved in Cimarron Valley Quilters Guild, Quilts of Valor, and the American Quilter’s Society. Her quilts were works of art, which were admired by all. One of her greatest joys was making quilts of valor for veterans and being able to present them to those who served our country. She had a kindness about her that loved all people and sincerely loved helping others, whether in the library or the quilter’s guild. Her grandparents, James M. and Opal Gregory, and Buck and Doris Wood, preceded her in death, as well as her special friend David Oberhelman. She is survived her parents, Mitch and Sharon Gregory, her brother and sister-in-law, Ross and Amy Gregory, her two nephews, Cole Gregory and Evan Gregory, whom she loved so much. Aunt Tori was very special to both Cole and Evan. She was always searching for that special book for them only to sometimes find that they had already read the book. Also, Delphi, her special cat who was always by her. She will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. A special thanks to Linda and John Riley, who were kind and loving to Tori during a time when she was unable to do things for herself. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020, at Resthaven Cemetery in Shawnee, Oklahoma. She will be buried between her loving grandmother Opal Gregory and her great grandmother “Pammie” Borden. Memorials in honor of Tori may be sent to Wings of Hope in Stillwater, Oklahoma or Quilts of Valor Foundation.

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Maria Beach

May 19, 2020

I met Tori in 2008, at Oklahoma State University. After she retired I visited her and had some pizza and movie nights with Tori and her dear friend David Oberhelman. When David died unexpectedly, I reached out to Tori since I know that losing your best friend is a heavy loss. We reconnected and I visited her often until I left Oklahoma in the summer of 2018. I am so glad that I had that chance to spend more time with her. Tori was an artist and a gentle soul. She will be missed. Condolences to all her friends and family.

Martha Minnis

May 15, 2020

Mike and I lived next door to Mitch and Sharon Gregory in Edmond from 1977-1985. Tori often invited our daughter, Heather to play on Saturday mornings.
Heather, new to the neighborhood, had no playmates, and it was sweet of Tori to invite her to play.

Bill Morgan

May 12, 2020

Tori was a good friend to my old friend David Oberhelman and we met at his funeral in 2018.

It warmed my heart to hear about their friendship. I did not know Tori well but she was incredibly nice and kind to me during that difficult time.


May you rest in peace Tori.

Anne Matoy

May 12, 2020

We will miss Tori. I knew her first at OSU and then loved it when she was able to join us for QoV Sew Days. She was always most helpful and willing to share ideas.

Lisa Scott

May 12, 2020

So sad for the loss of your precious daughter, Tori. It sure sounds like she made an impressionable mark on everything she did! I know she will be badly missed and send peace and love and prayers for all of your family and friends! Love y’all! Lisa Scott and Family.

Dollette Jackson

May 11, 2020

Gregory Family I am so sorry for your loss. Tori and I attend BMHS together and she often told me stories about horses which she was quite fascinated in wayyyy back then. She was a beautiful and kind person. She will be missed.

Michele Steefel

May 11, 2020

I have so many memories of Tori. She was the first to welcome me to McGuinness as a new student. I will always remember great sleep overs, movies, and time with Whiskers. Tori, I will always remember you as the fun loving carefree girl who loved the little details of everything. Thanks for always being there for me. I am glad you got to know my kids and assure me that if I could make it they could too. Until we meet again dear friend. Save me a spot in heaven please.

Jess Wade

May 11, 2020

I knew Tori as a toddler. She shared a birth year with one of my daughters and our families managed to get together on several occasions. She was a precious, precious child who looked up to her older brother even then. I share the sadness of her absence now and regret not knowing her as a remarkably talented and creative adult. In her sudden and unexpected departure, Tori left any suffering and pain behind. Today, and forevermore, she is as free as a bird. I'll bet she's smiling.

Melinda Ulmer

May 11, 2020

With sincere sympathy. May time’s passing somehow help to ease your loss and sorrow, And may the memories left behind bring comfort for tomorrow.

Gayle Illing

May 11, 2020

Sharon and Mitch my condolences and love to you both.

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