Rickie L. Gray, the oldest child of Richard W. and Gladys L. Stubblefield, was born Sept. 15, 1948, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City.

Rickie L. Gray, the oldest child of Richard W. and Gladys L. Stubblefield, was born Sept. 15, 1948, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City.

She attended and graduated from Midwest City High School. She spent most of her adult life in Midwest City and the last 22 years in Bethel Acres.

Rickie married Donald E. Ward on Sept. 8, 1967. They had three children: Christopher Alan Ward, born Oct. 2, 1970, Terry Lynn Ward, born Jan. 17, 1973, and Kimberly Dawn Ward, born Aug. 28, 1977.

Rickie married Gregory G. Gray on June 9, 1995.

She was a loving and very entertaining daughter, sister, wife, mother of three, grandmother of eight, great-grandmother of four, and aunt.

She retired from Tinker AFB in 2010 as a training supervisor. She loved seeing and doing new things, especially restaurants. Rickie enjoyed her snow skiing trips, the Grand Canyon, and even the races, football and bowl games she attended with her husband, Greg. She especially loved trips that were to locations with beaches, the Bahamas, Florida, Alabama, Texas, California, and Hawaii. Taking care of her family was very important, as evidenced by the Thanksgiving and Christmas meal events she prepared, especially the cherry pies.

Rickie was diagnosed with stage III lung cancer on April 28, 2014. She won this battle to claim remission on Oct. 22, 2015. She lost her battle with the many physical issues, including heart, vascular, and lung disease and lung cancer on Sept. 18, 2017. She passed peacefully with her family and friends around her at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Shawnee.

She was preceded in death by her little sister, Anita Ann Stubblefield; and her mother, Gladys Stubblefield.

She is survived by her father, Richard Stubblefield; brother and sister-in-law, Dickie and Echo Stubblefield (children, Michelle, Adam and Katie); sons and daughters-in-law, Chris and Teina Ward (children, Dylan and Jake and their mother Haley), Terry and Tiffany Ward (children, Kristina, Nick, Justin and Kelli); daughter and son-in-law, Kimberley Dawn and Scott Brown (children, Kyler and Keegan); grandchildren that she and Greg raised, Kristina Mayo (daughter, Kaylin, husband Trevor and his children, Gracie and Jackson) and Nickolas Ryan Cole Ward (son, Aiden); mother-in-law, Barbara S. Gray; husband, Gregory Gray.

She was a fighter to the end. The family wishes to thank the physicians, especially Dr. Tony Haddad and Dr. John Haddad, the ICU doctors and staff, the respiratory staff, the chaplain, the cafeteria and housekeeping staff at St. Anthony’s Shawnee Hospital for their kind and loving care of Rickie and her family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

Visitation will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Guardian West Funeral Home (5820 NW 41St, Warr Acres).

Services will be held at noon, Monday, Sept. 25, at Guardian West Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Gladney officiating.