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Gary Mailes

April 22, 1931 — October 6, 2017

Obituary for Gary Lee Mailes

Gary Lee Mailes, 86, Tulsa, OK passed into eternal rest during his sleep on October 6, 2017 at his home in Tulsa after a long battle with cancer.   Gary Lee Mailes was born April 22, 1931 the son of Lester and Mildred (Rinehart ) Mailes.  Gary was a 1949 graduate of Seneca High School and a 1952 graduate of South West Missouri St where he received a Bachelor’s Degree.  Gary was an Army Veteran serving his country during the Korean War. He worked for Atlantic Richfield as an Accountant until retiring in 1985.  Gary was of the Southern Baptist Faith.   Gary was preceded in death by his parents Lester and Mildred Mailes.    Gary Lee Mailes married Ruth Ann Smith December 24, 1952 in Las Cruses, NM and she survives.Additional survivors include one son, Michael Wayne Mailes and wife Cindy; one daughter,  LeAnn Leon and husband Carlos; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren and a host of extended family and friends.   A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, October 9, 2017 at the Swars Prairie Baptist Church with Mike McCauley officiating.  The body has been taken for cremation under the direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca   In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Paraclete Mission Group www.paraclete.net on the Meet our Associates page for Mark and Cindy Irwin.     Gary and Ruth met Mark and Cindy Irwin on a mission trip to Ecuador while they were still living in California.  They were very impressed by the work they were doing for the Lord and not only became long time supporters but close friends and visited Mark and Cindy at many of their missions through out the world.  Mark and Cindy were also visitors in Gary and Ruth’s home many times.  It was Gary’s wish that in lieu of flowers others would help support their mission work as he did throughout his life.Paraclete helps to support missionaries Who have limited resourcesWho work among unreached peoplesWho work in the least reached places
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