Jolyna Abernathy

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Jolyna was tiny in stature, but huge in heart-felt compassion and love. She was a selfless wife, totally devoted to Randy, and always made him and his medical profession a priority. When Randy said, “Let’s go”, Jolyna was willing to drop what she was doing and pack. She loved going on road trips on their motorcycle (nothing beats sitting on the back of a bike, reading a book, dressed in Harley-Davidson Bling and chaps)! Jolyna was affectionately known as “my GiGi” to her grands, which alone tells you how extra-special they all feel. “GiGi” went just a little bit overboard in shopping for her little ones and doted on them when she willingly kept them. Of course, before the grands came along, there was their three children, plus Tyson! She enjoyed spoiling them by cooking their favorite meals, not only on holidays and birthdays, but anytime they asked. Fried chicken, pancakes, brownies, Rice Krispie treats, and who could forget Jolyna’s cheesy potato soup. Nothing pleased Jolyna more than “catering” special meals for her family. Jolyna was an avid reader of any book, always passing on her latest find to her close circle of friends. Dear friends and family gatherings were a major part of what made Jolyna “extra special” to so many. She cherished reminiscing and sharing stories of fun times and then laughing until the tears rolled down her cheeks. It was those “little things” that were so important to her. Jolyna will always hold the record for movie trivia and song titles. She knew (and remembered) them all, and put her family and friends to shame. Jolyna was a true and generous friend to all who knew her and will be greatly missed. Jolyna loved country music and gospel. The Oak Ridge Boys, Toby Keith and Garth Brooks were three of the top favorites. Attending concerts was a favorite pastime, as well. Jolyna was an original member of the First Baptist Church Handbell Choir “The Jubilation Ringers” and she loved to practice. She would many times go practice her bells by herself, just to be sure her part was “polished” (no pun intended). She was an active member up until her untimely death and always performed with a smile on her face as she played gracefully and effortlessly. Jolyna embraced traveling with her family and friends, especially the trips to the Hawaiian Islands. Golfing, hiking to waterfalls, or just relaxing on the beach or by the pool with a great book were top priorities on those trips. Strong faith in Jesus Christ was Jolyna’s foundation. This unwavering and steadfast faith enabled her to endure so many physical health trials. She put her family frontand- center, always before herself and her needs. Jolyna was “tough as nails”, and truly never complained or showed her pain and suffering. Jolyna served others. Her small frame could not contain her immensely loving soul and she now rests, at peace, in her heavenly home. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Gina Hurley in 2010. Jolyna is survived by her husband, Dr. Randy Abernathy of Cordell; one daughter, Carissa Williams and husband Chad of Edmond, Oklahoma; sons, Bobby Abernathy and wife Maghin of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kent Abernathy and wife Courtney of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; sister, Lisa Proffitt and husband Monty of Cordell, Oklahoma; brother-in-law, Larry Abernathy and wife Jules of Tipton, Oklahoma. GiGi’s grands are Sam and Evan Williams; Breck and Claire Abernathy; Ellie Abernathy, due in December and a host of dear family and friends. Services were held Friday, October 17, 2014, at the First Baptist Church of Cordell, with Rev. Terrell Romberg and Rev. RB Mathis officiating. Services were under the direction of Musick-Varner Funeral Home of Cordell.