IMG_1160 (218x300)Memorial services for Stella Marie Gabioud, 88, of Chickasha, will be held by the family at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2016 in the USAO Alumni Chapel with Afiya Wilkins officiating.

Stella Marie (Wetzel) Gabioud was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of John and Stella (Larrew) Wetzel. She died on August 12, 2016 in Chickasha, Oklahoma.

Stella grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and attended business college. She married Vernon Gabioud on April 6, 1946, just two days after her eighteenth birthday. They owned and operated several motels in Illinois and Texas.

She moved to Chickasha in 2000 to be closer to her daughter. She enjoyed travelling and often visited relatives. Faith and family were Stella’s priority, followed closely by banana splits.

Stella was preceded in death by both parents; her husband, Vernon; and two brothers, John and Richard Wetzel.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Ron and Barbara Gabioud of Silver City, New Mexico, Mark and Linda Gabioud of Kemp, Texas, and Brian and Sherry Gabioud of Buchanan, Georgia; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandy and Rex Potter of Ft. Worth, Texas and Brenda and Chris Brown of Chickasha; two sisters, Dolores Bosworth of South Lake, Texas and Patsy Riley and her husband, John, of Sevierville, Tennessee; brother, Larry Wetzel of East St. Louis, Illinois; twelve grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; and other extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to USAO’s Stuart Meltzer Scholarship Fund, 1727 W. Alabama, Chickasha, OK 73018.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.