Gemma Wallis

1952-2014

Wallis, gemmaGemma Lynn Wallis, 61, of Edmond, OK passed away January 28, 2014 in Edmond. She was born December 9, 1952 in Enid, Oklahoma to Warren and Deborah Brueggemann. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gaylen Wallis; and brothers Warren Brueggemann, Jr and Mike Brueggemann. Survivors include her sister Ann Thain; brother Geoff Brueggemann, as well as many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

Gemma graduated from Enid High School in 1971. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from Oklahoma State University in 1975 and a Master of Science in microbiology in 1977. She worked at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation for 35 years.

Gemma was married to Gaylen Wallis on May 13, 1989. Gemma was known for her love of nature and the outdoors. She especially loved walking her dog in the park and hiking in Colorado. She was a die-hard OSU fan and rarely missed a football or basketball game. Gemma’s love for nature, her dog, and OSU football were surpassed only by her love for her family and her faith in God. Those who knew Gemma well knew of her profound commitment to her family; especially her nieces and nephews for whom she was the favorite aunt. She was also dearly loved by her friends, some of whom were life-long friends. She touched the lives of everyone she met and will be greatly missed by her friends and family.

A funeral service will be held for Gemma at the Catholic Church of St. John the Baptist in Edmond on January 31, 2014 at 10am. Interment will be in Enid, Oklahoma at the Enid Cemetery at 3pm. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, a favorite charity, or simply just hug your family.

Services are under the Direction of Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond.

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  1. I have known Gemma at the OMRF for as long as she worked here. She has been a model of self-respect and kindness and gave repect for all people she interacted with. She always had a joyful personality and very helpful. She worked very hard and did it with a sense of purpose. In her later few years she meet the challenge of cancer with determination and courage. She will be sorely missed by all. God bless her. Bob Floyd

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