Oneta Marie Nichols Gaynor 1912 - 2007
Funeral services for Oneta Marie Nichols Gaynor, 95, Ottawa, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ottawa. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery.Mrs. Gaynor died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, at Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa.She was born March 3, 1912, in Williamstown, Mo., the daughter of Ross and Margaret Tompkins Nichols. She attended schools in Williamstown and graduated from high school in 1932. She attended Ottawa University for two years.Mrs. Gaynor received her pilot's license in Sweetwater, Texas, and learned how to pack parachutes. After World War II ended, she returned to Ottawa to work at Quin Furniture. In the late 1950s, the she and her husband purchased the "Old County Farm" south of Ottawa, where they raised a variety of animals. They retired in 1972 and sold the furniture store in 1982.She was a member of First Baptist Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church, both in Ottawa. She also was a member of the religious coffee group, Beta Gamma, and Daughters of the American Revolution and was active in the PTA at Garfield Elementary.Mrs. Gaynor enjoyed sewing, cooking, knitting, quilting, traveling, camping, playing cards, picnics and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.She married Paul H. Gaynor on May 30, 1931, in Ottawa. He died Dec. 29, 1993.She is survived by a son, Charles R. Gaynor, Washington, D.C.; a daughter, Nancy S. Gray, Lyndon; a sister, Lucile Widrig, Estes Park, Colo.; two granddaughters, Margaret D. Fankhauser and Amy M. Gray Wunderlich; three great-grandchildren, Bryan, Lindsey and Luke; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home in Ottawa. The family suggests memorials to the Ottawa Community Center Partnership, sent in care of the funeral home.