Georgette Giaudrone Kirkland died on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at her home in McAlester.
She was born on Sept. 24, 1934, in Richville, to George and Mary (Conti) Giaudrone. A 1952 graduate of McAlester High School, she married Jimmie Ralph Kirkland on June 16, 1952.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Jim Kirkland; her parents; her aunt and uncle, Mary and John Hartley; a brother-in-law, Wesley Parham, and a sister-in-law, Marie Kirkland.
Mrs. Kirkland is survived by her children, Debra and John Fletcher, of Tecumseh, Rosanne and James Conley, of Tecumseh, Cheryl and Larry Beatty, of Oklahoma City, Mary and Mike Fulton, of Fort Worth, Texas, Phyllis and David Russell, of McAlester, Kelli and Billy Mussett, of Idabel, and Jay and Stephanie Kirkland, of Owasso; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her siblings, Carl and Emmy Giaudrone, of Springdale, Arkansas, Rosemary Parham, of Haywood, Paula and Bill Lewis, of Arpelar, David and Faylene Giaudrone, of Wetumka, and Larry and Rosemary Giaudrone, of Richville; her brother-in-law, Glenn Kirkland, of Florissant, Missouri, and special caregiver, Karin Stowers, of Arpelar.
Known to her family as "Mama," "Granny," "Granny Putt-Putt," "Granny Jette" or "Jette," Georgette Kirkland enjoyed cooking for her large family, hosting their monthly birthday parties and spending the holidays with family and friends.
Jim and Georgette Kirkland owned and operated numerous businesses in McAlester and Stuart. She is perhaps best known by her many customers for the annual Memorial Day flower sales she coordinated with her daughter, Phyllis Russell, in McAlester.
She loved baking cookies with her grandchildren and preparing her "famous" secret recipe spaghetti sauce with her many Italian dishes.
As an avid collector of antiques and glassware, she loved to share her knowledge of antiques with others. She had a green thumb and took great pride in her beautiful hydrangeas.
Though she was a caregiver to many, she considered her most important role as a mother to her seven children. But many others considered her a mom to them as well.
Family visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bishop Funeral Service.
Funeral services for Georgette Kirkland are 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Bishop Chapel of Memories. Burial will be at Tannehill Cemetery, officiated by the Rev. Clint Gray.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be contributed to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City.
Published on February 17, 2017