Gearldean Corter, a Cushing resident, passed away on Friday, October 2, 2009 in Cushing at the age of 81 years.

Funeral services have been entrusted to the Palmer Marler Funeral Home in Cushing and will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 6, 2009 in the Church of the Firstborn in Cushing with Brothers Richard Wright and Everett Rossiter officiating.  Burial will follow in the Parkland Cemetery, Parkland, OK.

The daughter of the late Robert Lorne Toles and Pearl Marie (Covington) Toles, Gearldean was born on September 21, 1928 in Parkland, OK.

Gearldean was baptized into the Church of the Firstborn on October 13, 1946 in Kings River near Kingsboro, CA by Brother Dell Overacker.  She was united in marriage to Harvey Corter on November 9, 1947 in Tulare, CA and to this union six children, Marlin Wayne, Waymon Eugene, Richard Lee, Sheryl Lynn, Becky Jo, and Carol Jean, were born.

Gearldean and Harvey lived in Wichita, KS on and off since 1955 and had lived there full time for the past 35 years before moving to Cushing in April of 2008.  While living in Wichita Gearldean owned and operated a quilting store called Village Machine. 

Gearldean loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  She also served as a midwife for several members of her church family and she loved to sing and whistle.

Survivors include four children, Marlin Wayne Corter and his wife Shawn-Elyn of Cushing, Richard Lee Corter of Cushing, Sheryl Lynn Doss and her husband Ron of Wichita, KS, and Becky Jo Burt and her husband Danny of Cushing; two sisters, Glenda Faye Taylor and her husband Earl of Agra and Jo Anna Marie Cramer of Cushing; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, Gearldean was preceded in death by her husband Harvey in July of 2009, two brothers, William “Bill” Arthur Toles and Bobby Wayne Toles, and two sisters, Syble Laverne Rossiter and Mary Margaret Toles.

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