OBITUARY

Vanita Jane McGehee

June 26, 1945February 17, 2021
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Vanita Jane Frizzell McGehee was born June 26, 1945 to James E. and Frances Frizzell in Duncan Oklahoma. Jane attended school in Duncan, graduating high school in 1963. Following high school, she attended St. Anthony Hospital School of Nursing, graduating with a Diploma in Nursing in August, 1966. She returned to school in 1998 to obtain her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Oklahoma Weslyan University, completing it in 2000 “magna cum laude” and was listed in “Who’s Who in American Colleges.” Public Health Nursing had become her professional love beginning in 1989 at Pittsburg County Health Department. In 2002 attained a “Certificate of Public Health” being one of the first group to obtain this distinction. Jane practiced her profession from 1966 until 2015 when she retired from the Pottawatomie County Health Department after 20 years of service to the State of Oklahoma in Public Health. During her public health career, Jane received many honors for her service and creativity.

Jane is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Jerry Don and Hamer; a sister June and a grandson Hunter Martell. Survivors include a brother Grady (wife Charlene) of Katy, Texas; brother-in-law Bob of Katy, Texas and sister-in-law Janet of Stillwater, Oklahoma; sons Jimmy (wife Brenda) of Harrah, Oklahoma, and Tracy (wife Betsy) of Midwest City, Oklahoma. In 1971 Jane married the father of her sons. Jimmy and Tracy and wives have blessed her with four grandchildren: Jake (wife Kailea), Justin (wife Jawna), Joseph (wife Kelley), and Sarah (husband Michael). Those grandchildren have in turn blessed her two times over with eight great grandchildren: Mason, Jensen and Maverick McGehee; Rylan McGehee; Cason McGehee; Addison and Owen Martell, and Austin Block. Jane also has numerous nieces and nephews.

Family was the center of her life and she often told her staff “family comes first.” As you all can attest to, Jane like things orderly and well planned – thus this obituary. By the way, this entire service was planned by her years ago. First of all, she did not want to be a bother but mostly she wanted things done according to her plan.

It was her desire to be remembered as a loving mother. She loved and cared for those boys as children, as fathers and as grandfathers – often giving advice, unsolicited but valuable!

Jane was far from perfect and would be the first to admit that, but she worked hard to do her best at whatever she undertook – be it working on projects on her job, making baby blankets, or cooking those infamous Thanksgiving dinners. Some of her fondest memories were the camping trips every year. No fancy camper, just an old army tent. And never – and she means never did they go to the lake that it did not rain. But it never dampened their fun.

I hope the boys and their families remember fondly those big breakfasts on weekends spent in McAlester fishing in the ponds and shooting my bluebirds – Justin!! And finally, just to make one thing clear, Brenda – I never burned the biscuits!! That is your claim to fame.

We encourage you to donate to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, February 27, 2021

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Brenda Potts

February 26, 2021

When I came to the Pottawatomie County Health Department, Jane was welcoming and willing to share her knowledge of local public health nursing. Her dedication to her family, profession and staff was obvious in her everyday conversations. I appreciated her candor and loved the unmistakable twinkle in her eyes.

Marsha Nichols

February 25, 2021

Jane was a good friend, great nurse& she loved her family dearly. She had a wonderful sense of humor. I was thankful I got to know her better when we were both District Nurse Managers. She gave great advice, we had many phone calls& we helped each other. She told it like it was. She was a get it done woman. She has touched many lives in the nursing profession & her good works will live on. I will miss her as all her knew her will.

Pamela Dvorak

February 24, 2021

So many wonderful memories of working with Jane as a District Nurse Manager. I also was fortunate to study with her when we received our Certificate of Public Health. She was a consummate professional, loyal and exacting. The best part was hearing about her family. The love she had for them was always evident. When life dealt her hard blows she rose above them! Heaven has gained a wonderful Public Health Nurse Angel with a little bit of ornery💗

Diana Schaeffer

February 24, 2021

So much to say, I don’t know where to start and where to end. Jane was definitely one of my favorites. She taught me a lot and I loved listening to her. I could always count on her to tell me what she thought about a situation , or what she thought I should do. I trusted her advice. It was always sound and given with the best intentions. Suffice it to say, Jane was a Nurses’s Nurse! I so wish I would have had a chance to say “goodbye.” I know her family and friends will dearly miss her. I know I will.

Glenna McElhany

February 21, 2021

Jane and I had a special friendship working together at the Pottawatomie County Health Department. If you needed someone to help with a task then Jane was the one I went to. I truly loved working with her. She made me a better employee and helped me understand that some things can be done immediately with the State when she was involved.

Lynda Andrews

February 20, 2021

A lovely Obituary for a loving lady.
Chris, and especially Stephen, loved her. Stephen called her Nanny Jane, like the grandkids. . Stephen stayed with them 10 days while we went on an Alaskan Cruise. He had the time of his life...until the rooster got after him! Jane laughed so hard just telling the story.
She was so good to Mom, and Mom loved her.
No one could have loved her family more.
RIP Jane!

Barbara McEndree

February 20, 2021

Jane was a fellow Health Department District Nursing Manager. I appreciated her leadership skills and her ability to share her strategies. I also had the privilege of working for her when I became a contract nurse practitioner for the Health Department. She was focused, concise, and clear in her direction. On occasion, her sense of humor would come out and catch me by surprise. I will miss her.

valerie marr

February 19, 2021

Jane was a a very special friend. I got to know Jane through the District Nurse Managers. We were on the same area committee team and shared many great times together. She had so much passion about so many things. Her role in Public Health Nursing, her boys, the people she worked with and her friends. She had a sweet heart. She could be firm at times when she needed go be, but she did it in such a loving way.
I will miss her so much, but I know she is with God and leading a team of nurses in heaven.
My prayers are with you through this difficult time.

Rocky McElvany

February 19, 2021

Jane's Family:
I want to share my memory of Jane is she was one of our top Public Health Team members and Jane was always ready to take on new tasks. The Hepatitis A vaccination of food handlers was a massive task for us as Oklahoma was experiencing a statewide Hepatitis A outbreak of a significant proportion in our food handlers. The response to the outbreak was addressed when our legislature passed a bill requiring vaccine for Oklahoman's. Once a good number of our Oklahoman's receive the vaccine, we saw the outbreak numbers subside. I want to share Jane was passionate about this outbreak. I saw Jane as a Passionate Agency Public Health Staff Member that I consider a great friend. I am praying for you and your family to experience comfort and peace as you go through these difficult days.
Sincerely,
Rocky McElvany

diana courts

February 19, 2021

I worked with Jane at the Pittsburg County Health Dept. I loved her smile and sense of humor. She was such a blessing and kept us laughing. I am going to miss her!!!!

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