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April Jessie

April 27, 1973 — January 9, 2023



          Funeral service for April Louise Jessie, age 49, of Waurika, Oklahoma, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 14, 2023, at the First Baptist Church of Frederick with Rev. Les Banks officiating.

            April passed away Monday, January 9, 2023, at her home in Waurika.

            Arrangements are under the direction of Orr Gray Gish Funeral Home. Visitation and reception will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

            She was born April 27, 1973, in Lawton, Oklahoma, to Roger and Joyce Diane (Jones) Jessie. April was the oldest child in the family. She grew up attending several schools as she moved around with her family. She went to Carnegie, Maysville, Bowlegs schools, and graduated high school from Erick in 1991. She received her bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah in 1997. She began a teaching career in education that would span over 25 years. She taught three years at Barstow, California, then Story Elementary in Allen, Texas, for over 20 years and most recently as a substitute teacher at Waurika High School and Temple schools. She loved her students and fellow teachers. She was in “her element” in the classroom. She was passionate about her family and loved generously. She was a proud “Auntie.” Among her favorite activities were: baking, crafting, scrap booking, and last but not least, watching the Hallmark Channel. She was a Baptist.

            She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents: Hubert and Dona Jones; uncles: Dwight Jones and wife Wanda, and Harrell Jones; paternal grandparents: Harry and Rubye Jessie; and an uncle Tracy Jessie.

            She is survived by her parents: Roger and Joyce Diane Jessie; a brother: Jason Jessie and wife Maci; sister: Kimberly Carlton and husband Lionel; nephews: Toby, Tyson, and Tanyon Carlton; a niece: Maddie Jessie; uncles: Mike, Daryl, Harry and wife Delores, Bruce and wife Trish, Jeff Jessie, and Marion Jones and wife Jean; and two aunts: Pam Thompson and Betty Jones.

           Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, online at, or by mail to P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116, in loving memory of April Jessie.


Orr Gray Gish Funeral Home

111 N. 11th Street, Frederick, OK 73542

(580) 335-2112

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SINCE 1905

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Friday, January 13, 2023

6:00 - 7:30 pm (Central time)

Orr Gray Gish Funeral Home

111 N. 11th St., Frederick, OK 73542

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Saturday, January 14, 2023

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First Baptist Church - Grand Ave

201 E Grand Ave, Frederick, OK 73542

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